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Ethical Issues in Family Practice Medicine.

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By Christie Ronald J., Hoff master C. Barry. . 194 pages. Oxford University Press; , New York: 1986.. $24.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(1):156. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-105-1-156_1
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Family medicine has attempted to break new ground in part in reaction to a "reductionistic biomedical model in medicine which largely ignores the individual and social contexts of diseases." The authors of this book assert "If family medicine cannot be founded on reductionistic medicine, an ethics of family medicine cannot be founded on reductionistic ethics."

The authors advocate that the family physician be flexible in the face of the diverse practicalities of clinical practice. They reject the prevailing judgement that physicians are wrong to protect patient welfare if such action violates the principle of autonomy. In practical terms, this belief


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