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June 1958

Medical Ethics: A Guide to Students and Practitioners.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(6):1172. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260180162019

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Many distinguished British physicians have contributed to this book by Maurice Davidson. It constitutes a formal presentation of problems of medical ethics, medical mores, and medical manners designed to guide students and practitioners but relating also to teachers and investigators. The symposium as presented took its form largely on the basis of a letter to the editor from an undergraduate medical student. Of great interest to physicians in this country will be the essay on the structure and functions of the General Medical Council in England, which is just 100 years old this year. It serves the function of an official medical judicial and executive council, monitoring the actions of physicians, helping them formulate rules and regulations for appropriate behavior, and providing a tribunal before which anyone charged with major dereliction may appear with or without counsel. The fact that nothing like this exists in the United States suggests that

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