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A Piece of My Mind
December 5, 2017

Moral Choices for Today’s Physician

Author Affiliations
  • 1Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2017;318(21):2081-2082. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.16254

The current generation of physicians is the most challenged by moral choices in perhaps a century. Those choices come in three tiers: personal, organizational, and societal.

Carl Sandburg’s poem,1 about fog rolling in “on little cat feet” comes to mind:

Some moral choices arrive with drama, but most do not. Most come unannounced, silent in arrival—on little cat feet—and are gone almost before we notice.