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This book is the first to apply the case method long used in law and medicine to ethics. In the introduction, Richard C. Cabot expresses the opinion that "Mr. Cox has written an epoch-making book which deserves to alter the tone and method of ethical teaching." From this viewpoint alone the book is worth reading. But it is worth reading because every physician, and the neuropsychiatrist in particular, is concerned not only with problems of conduct in those whom he has under his care, but also with these same problems in general. Various types of human conduct depend on the more or less complete possession by individuals of adequate health which enables them to react properly to whatever may at any given time be considered the optimum of conduct by the group or state in which they live.
Cox, in discussing the factors influencing conduct, maintains that the theory of
The Public Conscience. A Case Book in Ethics.. Arch NeurPsych. 1924;11(1):111–112. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1924.02190310117012