July 1980

Whatever Happened to the Human Race?

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New Haven, Conn


by Francis A. Schaeffer and C. Everett Koop, 256 pp, $13.95, Old Tappan, NJ, Fleming H Revell Co, 1979.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(7):892-893. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380070078026

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A headlong descent into a maelstrom of unethical disregard for the value of an individual person is unavoidable in the near future: that is the prediction of this book. The disturbing feature is that it is undoubtedly true, unless man is willing to proclaim against the insidious onslaught of the calamities described and documented by the authors.

Today, no person can avoid facing the challenging questions and ethical problems proposed in the book. Because of the erosion of moral and ethical precepts long given at least lip service in Western culture, this book may be, instead of a point of reversal, the last gasp of exhausted moral and ethical tenets, which we as individual men have long held sacred but as Man have ignored. Because humanity can no longer endure advances in the trends described in this book, reading it becomes an obligation to all who retain the slightest semblance

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