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Medical ethics is moving beyond debates over controversial, ad hoc topics like abortion, suicide, and informed consent. In the last few years we have come to realize that any coherent ethical stance in medicine will be grounded in a set of ethical principles. The old principles are finally being stated, analyzed, and often found wanting. It used to be that the physician could appeal to the hippocratic dictum that the medical professional's duty was to do what he thought would benefit his patient or at least to do no harm, primum non nocere.
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Medical Responsibility.. Ann Intern Med. 1980;92:725–726. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-92-5-725_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(5):725-726.
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