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Medical ethics is much on the minds of physicians and others whose work touches health care. Dr. Chapman, a classically educated cardiologist, an academician, and recondite historian, has written an interesting book on this timely subject.
Law, said St. Thomas Aquinas, is an ordinance of reason for the common good. The book begins with an outline of the historical development of laws pertaining to physicians. From ancient Sumer and the Biblical prophets through the Greeks and Romans to modern English and American common law, the important laws are chronicled with scholarly comments about how they came to be enacted and
Physicians, Law, and Ethics.. Ann Intern Med. ;102:730–731. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-5-730_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(5):730-731.
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