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Contemporary society faces the challenge of choice. Technologic progress is subject to public scrutiny and tested by public values. We are capable of creating, sustaining, and destroying life. By what criteria should we plot potential advances? Cultural and religious diversity, educational sophistication, and value pluralism bring diverse points of view to bear.
Abortion, withholding or withdrawing medical treatment, euthanasia, the just allocation of scarce health care resources, new reproductive technologies, transplantation biology, and instruments and tools of war all raise issues about the inherent value of human life. Thomasma articulately and passionately defends the sanctity-of-life principle.
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Human Life in the Balance. Ann Intern Med. 1991;115:71. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-1-71_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(1):71.
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