RICHARD P. FITZGIBBONS, M.D.
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To the editor: Clouser's view (Ann Intern Med 78: 119-125, 1973)-that "human life is not precious but only the continuation of some life rather than none" and that we are only obliged to see that human life continue that is ordered and selected so as not to have undue suffering and to contribute to the progress of life—presents an ethic that stands in stark contrast to the position, which transcends purely utilitarian or proprietary considerations, maintained by civilized man and his laws for the past two millennia. Previously, human life in all stages and forms has intrinsically been valued on
FITZGIBBONS RP. The Right to Life. Ann Intern Med. ;78:783–784. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-783
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):783-784.
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