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September 19, 1977

Legacies in Law and Medicine

JAMA. 1977;238(12):1298-1299. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280130080029

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Legacies in Ethics and Medicine, by Chester R. Burns, 326 pp, $7.95, New York, Science History Publications, 1977.

Medicine involves much more than treating a sick patient and trying to restore him to health or devoting one's self to scientific research. Medical educators are paying more attention to the indefinite areas that are loosely called the humanities, and offering the medical students programs of instruction in disciplines such as medical ethics and legal medicine. In addition, educators in the humanities are realizing that medicine has played a major role in the development of our culture, so that teachers of history, philosophy, and religion are turning to medicine as an important factor in their own disciplines.

The two volumes noted here are collections of essays, all previously published in the past 40 years. Although they have a common format, they differ in approach. The volume on ethics is oriented much more