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Ethical Dilemmas and the Clinician

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Grant support: the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed are solely those of the authors.

Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California ; and University of California, San Francisco, California

©1980 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(1):116-117. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-92-1-116
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A burgeoning interest in bioethics has caused a proliferation of courses for medical students and of books and articles in medical journals. But it is not certain that these efforts match the interests and needs of practicing physicians (1-4). We suggest that the interest of clinicians in bioethics is focused on the decisions that they and their patients must make to resolve specific dilemmas. Clinicians often find bioethics articles over-simplified in their descriptions of medical problems. Sometimes the questions and issues differ from those faced by the clinician. Also, the articles may not reflect the setting and timing of questions




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