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December 7, 1957

Medical Ethics: A Guide to Students and Practitioners

JAMA. 1957;165(14):1891. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980320121031

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This book includes 12 essays and papers on the application of ethical principles to the everyday occurrences that arise in the practice of medicine. Subjects range from a practical discussion of the structure and function of the general medical council to a discussion of experimental medicine. Particularly interesting are the papers on the care of the dying, the doctor's responsibility to his family, and the doctor-patient relationship. The essays on the doctor, the law, and the police and the doctor's relationship to his professional colleagues are less a discussion of ethical principles than of etiquette and the law, but they are nonetheless enlightening and germane to the central theme of the work.

While it is true that several books on medical ethics have appeared recently, and while this one reflects the thinking and practice common to the British Isles, it is, nevertheless, because of its practical approach to everyday situations,

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