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Humanhood: Essays in Biomedical Ethics.

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By Fletcher Joseph. . 204 pages. Prometheus Books; , Buffalo, New York: , 1979.. Price, $14.95.


Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(2_Part_1):276-277. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-92-2-276_2
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In 1955, Joseph Fletcher published Morals and Medicine, which was one of the first books about the ethics of medical care outside the Catholic theological tradition. He focused on the rights of patients to be treated with respect and dignity and emphasized the physician's primary responsibility to persons in need. The literature of medical ethics has expanded enormously since then, and still is barely keeping pace with the problems posed by scientific progress and social upheaval. Humanhood contains discussions of many of the newer quandaries (genetic engineering, transplantation, fetal research, recombinant DNA) as well as more "classical" problems such as

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