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Momentum and Morality in Medicine

Ann Intern Med. 1967;67(3_Part_2):10-14. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-67-3-10
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In order to focus upon some of the philosophical questions provoked by the trend in modern biomedical research, I want to consider an analogy between law and medicine. In both cases, the chief concern is to track down a culprit—in law it is a criminal, and in medicine it is the cause of a disease. In both cases there is a vigorous and relentless pursuit of evidence that leads ultimately to a primary suspect. For the most part, this pursuit of information is complicated only by the difficulty of the particular case or disease. Investigation, by and large, is carried




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