WALSH MCDERMOTT, M.D., F.A.C.P.
When the needs of society come in head-on conflict with the rights of an individual, someone has to play God. We can avoid this responsibility so long as the power to decide the particular case-in-point is clearly vested in someone else, for example, a duly elected governmental official. But in clinical investigation, the power to determine this issue of "the individual versus society" is clearly vested in the physician. Both the power itself and, above all, our awareness that we are wielding it are increasing every day and can be expected to increase much further. It is this inescapable awareness
MCDERMOTT W. Opening Comments1. Ann Intern Med. ;67:39–42. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-67-3-39
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;67(3_Part_2):39-42.
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