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October 6, 1962

Catholic Medical Ethics

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JAMA. 1962;182(1):94. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050400096020

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To the Editor:—  In regard to your editorial of June 9 entitled "Catholic Medical Ethics" (JAMA180:834, 1962), I would like to refer you to part of an article appearing in Modern Moral Problems (Conway, J.D.: Therapeutic Abortion, Notre Dame, Ind.: Fides Publishers Association, 1961, p. 63).The Catholic doctor should discard his caduceus if he does a bit less than he rightly can to save this mother. He would be trying to play the part of God if he were to decide that she should die, even to save a thousand babies. But he would be playing God with equal presumption if he were to decide that her baby must die, and then personally see that it does. A doctor may not do murder even to save life, no matter how precious the life.It may happen that the doctor will decide in desperation that he simply cannot

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