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Doctors and Ethics, Morals and Manuals

Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD; Arthur Caplan, PhD; and Susan Dorr Goold, MD
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Center for Biomedical Ethics; Washington, DC 20007 University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA 19104 University of Michigan Medical School; Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Grant Support: In part by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Picker-Commonwealth Scholars Program (Dr. Goold). Current Author Addresses: Dr. Pellegrino: Center for Clinical Bioethics, 4000 Reservoir Road, NW, #D-238, GUMC, Washington, DC 20007.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1998;128(7):569-571. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-128-7-199804010-00010
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We invited an ethicist from each of three generations to review the fourth edition of the American College of Physicians Ethics Manual. Each was asked to consider the role of the professional society in promulgating an ethics code as the medical profession approaches the next century. Each was also asked to focus on a specific issue: the formal field of bioethics in historical context-that is, where we have come from; how ethics codes are regarded by those outside the profession-where we are now; and ethics in a changing practice environment-where we are going. The result is a thought-provoking set of commentaries from various perspectives. We think that they enrich our understanding of the new edition of the Manual and will usefully inform subsequent editions.


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