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January 1987

Making Choices: Ethics Issues for Health Care Professionals

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(1):33-34. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060010039024

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How much money should we spend on health care as opposed to other worldly goods? If we spend money on health care, how much should be put into preventive medicine and how much into acute care (rescue medicine)? How should we allocate or ration these expensive new medical technologies, and who should decide? What are the limits of medical intervention? What responsibilities do hospitals have, and what rights do patients claim with respect to invasive therapies? These are but a few of the many questions entertained in a new book published by the American Hospital Association.

Medical ethics books generally fall into two categories: (1) texts written by a limited number of authors tend to be coherent and readable but narrow in scope and (2) edited anthologies of previously published manuscripts by multiple authors that tend to be comprehensive and historical but varied in style and content. Making Choices: Ethics

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