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Logic and Goals in the Practice of Medicine.

J. R. Reid, Ph.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1963;58(4):727-728. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-58-4-727_3
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Doctors and patients largely agree on the ultimate goals of medical practice. These goals are to cure and prevent disease, as well as to improve the health of the community. Regarding the best means to these goals, there are of course some disagreements, even among experts. To clarify and evaluate our concepts about these goals, with special reference to our choices and conduct in trying to attain them, is the aim of ethics as this discipline is applied to medicine.

Logic, by partial contrast, is concerned with the analysis and criticism of reflective thought, more specifically, with explaining and defending




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