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The Doctor said that Death was but
A scientific fact:
And twice a day the Chaplain called,
And left a little tract.
Oscar Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Death, today, for the doctor and the chaplain is not quite so simple. The growing power of medicine to support life and to postpone death has conjured up a host of ethical and legal questions that account for the increasingly frequent huddles—on the playing field of Life vs. Death—of doctor and chaplain, biologist and philosopher, theologian and lawyer. Never was this truer than at the present moment of professional and public
Life or Death: Ethics and Options.Ethical Responsibility in Medicine. A Christian Approach.Decisions about Life and Death. A Problem in Modern Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. ;69:171–173. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-69-1-171
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;69(1):171-173.
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