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Just Doctoring: Medical Ethics in the Liberal State

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Brennan Troyen A.. . 287 pages. Berkeley, California: : University of California Press; ; 1991.. $34.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(7):623. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-117-7-623_1
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At the heart of this admirable book lies a mystery. Troyen Brennan illustrates it with a case: Mr. Z, a new patient of Dr. A, has a bleeding ulcer. Mr. Z is an intelligent, thoughtful man, unsettled by his illness. He and Dr. A quickly form a warm, mutually respectful relationship. At a Saturday evening dinner party, Dr. A is interrupted by a call from Mr. Z. His blood counts have fallen; he is apprehensive. Dr. A excuses herself from the party and goes to Mr. Z, who is relieved and calmed by her presence.

The mystery in this mundane


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