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Moral Problems in Medicine: A Practical Coursebook
  1. Michael Parker
  1. ETHOX. The Oxford Centre for Ethics and Communication in Healthcare Practice, University of Oxford

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    Michael Palmer, Cambridge, Lutterworth Press, 1999, 190 pages, £14.15 (sc).

    Moral Problems in Medicine is based on Michael Palmer's earlier, well-received, book, Moral Problems. The new book retains much of the structure of the earlier volume and the majority of its philosophical component. But whereas the earlier text was a course in applied philosophy covering such topics as warfare, crime and punishment and civil disobedience in addition to topics in medical ethics such as abortion and euthanasia, Moral Problems in Medicine focuses entirely on medicine.

    The text is primarily intended to be of interest to health care professionals, medical students and to those who teach them but is also aimed at the newcomer to medical ethics and would be suitable too for the general reader with an interest in the ethical issues raised by modern medicine.

    Following an introductory chapter on “What …

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