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April 20, 1957

New Problems in Medical Ethics. Third Series

JAMA. 1957;163(16):1563. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970510129026

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This collection of essays and papers by French theologians presents the position of the Catholic church on the ethical-moral aspects of six problems, five of which are of definite interest to the medical profession. These problems are not new, and the conclusions expressed are in accord with the traditional position of the Catholic church. Nonetheless, the book possesses a freshness of approach in its discussion on psychoanalysis, castration, pain, euthanasia, psychasthenia, and the indissolubility of the marriage bond. These controversial subjects are discussed objectively and without argumentation. In essence, the book presents a point of view on the moral aspects of certain subjects and explains the reasons therefor. The simplicity of approach to and the clarity of expression of historical, medical, and moral reasons for the given

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