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December 20, 1976

Moral Problems in Medicine

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1976;236(25):2906. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270260054036

In the past 20 years, medical ethics has become an important topic, engaging the attention of laymen and of scholars in a variety of disciplines. The enormous advances in medical techniques have triggered a greater awareness of the powers of the medical profession and, correlatively, of its duties and obligations. The state has played an increasing role in regulating the lives of the citizens and the problems of health, and this activity of the state raises questions of obligations and rights, and of ethical values as complementary to political expediency and economic needs.

"Moral problems" have engaged the attention of philosophers from earliest times. The title of this new book, Moral Problems in Medicine, thus provides a sharp focus for ethical philosophy in general. The topic is too important to be left in the hands of any one group, whether physicians or patients or philosophers or lawyers or judges or

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