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Surgical Ethics
  1. Professor A G Johnson
  1. Head of Surgery, University Surgical Unit, The Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF

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    L B McCullough, J W Jones and B A Brody, New York, Oxford University Press, 1998, 396 pages, £35.00 (hb).

    Many volumes have been written in recent years on medical ethics, but comparatively few have been focused especially on the ethics of surgery. Yet surgical practice offers a very sharp focus for many ethical principles. This excellent book is particularly timely because of the current re-evaluation of patients' rights and surgeons' rights, degrees of autonomy and the nature of consent. Of the 39 contributors, a majority are practising surgeons, who are having to make ethical decisions every day in their practice. This means that surgeons reading this book immediately identify …

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