COUNT D. GIBSON JR., M.D.
To the editor: The Ad Hoc Committee on Medical Ethics of the American College of Physicians has dealt inadequately with the issues of abortion and contraception (1).
Although the Committee had no hesitation in deciding when life ends (2), it declined to confront the issue of when life begins. In four short paragraphs the Committee lumps the ethical issues of abortion and contraception under the same rubric. The manual repeats the cliched phrase "a physician should not impose his personal convictions upon the patient." Most seriously, the Committee imposes the duty "to assure that the patient is provided the option
GIBSON CD. Abortion and the Ethics Manual. Ann Intern Med. ;102:133. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-1-133_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(1):133.
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