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The usual frenzy of the large teaching hospital emergency department requires that clinical ethical decisions be made quickly by physicians, nurses, and paramedics. The authors of this volume attempt to provide careful ethical analyses in advance of common emergency situations. Unfortunately, although this book is a pioneering effort in a fascinating field, its organization and focus make it difficult to use.
After a general introduction, including a fine essay on the legal aspects of emergency medicine by Alex Capron, a case-oriented approach is used to analyze autonomy and informed consent, education and research, privacy and confidentiality, life-sustaining treatment, economic considerations,
Ethics in Emergency Medicine.. Ann Intern Med. 1987;106:489–490. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-3-489_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(3):489-490.
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