FRED ROSNER, M.D.
To the editor: The recently published American College of Physicians Ethics Manual (1) contains the following statement of questionable accuracy: "Much of Jewish medical tradition was based on Mesopotamian precepts, and after the period of servitude in Egypt, these precepts incorporated ideas taken from the Egyptian system."
Judaism, the founding monotheistic religion, embodies within its philosophy and legislation a system of ethics—a definition of moral values. Judaism emphatically insists that the norms of ethical conduct may be governed neither by the accepted notions of public opinion nor by the whims of the individual conscience. Moral values are not matters of
ROSNER F. Judaism and Medical Ethics. Ann Intern Med. ;101:721–722. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-5-721_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(5):721-722.
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