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.
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Berwick DM. Moral Choices for Today’s Physician. JAMA. 2020;323(17):1708–1709. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.2984
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