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Fourteen years after graduation from medical school, the author of this book interrupted his medical practice and returned to graduate school for advanced studies in religion and ethics. Subsequently, he taught a course in medicine, religion, and human values at the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1965, and he reflected about the problems of medical ethics for the next 15 years. This book is the product of these experiences and reflections; like Sir Thomas Browne's Religio Medici or Harvey Cushing's Consecratio Medici, this is Milton Kepler's Confessio Medici. Viewed in such terms, it cannot be criticized too harshly. He is to be applauded for not denying ethical conflicts in medicine, for not ignoring the ethical traditions of medicine, and for critically assessing and integrating personal and professional values into an ethical "device" that works for him.
The book is much more than a personal statement, though. The 221
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