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November 3, 1989

Cross Cultural Perspectives in Medical Ethics: Readings

Author Affiliations

Georgia State University Atlanta

Georgia State University Atlanta

JAMA. 1989;262(17):2449. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03430170111041

Cross Cultural Perspectives in Medical Ethics: Readings is an anthology "designed for undergraduate, graduate, and professional school courses in medical and bioethics where the objective is to provide an understanding of alternative systems of medical ethics and to introduce systematically the basic principles of normative ethics" (p v).

The text itself is divided into three sections. Section I is an introduction to what the editor claims are "the major alternative traditions" in medical ethics (p xvi). Here the reader is introduced to ethical thought as diverse as the Hippocratic oath, the American Medical Association's (AMA) Principles of Medical Ethics, the professional ethics of ancient Indian medicine, and the Islamic code of medical professional ethics. In Section II the editor offers a number of essays that deal with the question of how an ethic for medicine is to be grounded; eg, should the ethic be viewed as the invention of a