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Palliative Care Ethics: A Good Companion

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 13 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1839
  1. Michael Minton, medical director
  1. Sir Michael Sobell House, Churchill Hospital, Oxford

    Fiona Randall, R S Downie Oxford University Press, £19.50, pp 160 ISBN 0 19 262632 9

    Currently, society is trying to cope with medicine's rapidly increasing knowledge base and technological sophistication, while recognising the need to respect individuals and their rights. We urgently need to clarify society's moral principles so that we can balance the sometimes competing needs of individuals and society.

    Attempts to safeguard these principles have led to a burgeoning of advice on ethical matters. While some critics have deprecated the “ethics industry,” …

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