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June 21, 1952

Newer Ethical Problems in Medicine and Surgery

JAMA. 1952;149(8):795. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930250077035

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This book is by a Roman Catholic surgeon, but it is intended as a guide to all physicians, regardless of their particular creed. The author is unquestionably a devout man possessed of estimable moral beliefs and qualities. He dwells on ethical principles that pertain to the practice of medicine, and, although what he has written should not be considered the official teaching of the Catholic church, none of the material is inconsistent with its teaching. Although his book is supposed to deal with newer ethical problems in medicine and surgery, there are few subjects concerning which transgressions are not discussed from a moral as well as an ethical viewpoint.

Such subjects as abortion, ectopic pregnancy, and mutilation, which have been treated extensively in earlier books on pastoral medicine, are discussed briefly for the sake of completeness, but the main consideration is devoted to the more recent group of medicomoral problems,

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