Volume 23, Issue 3 (July 1978)
A Review of Legacies in Ethics and Medicine
This scholarly publication traces the eternal challenge of ethics to the practice of medicine from its roots in antiquity (sixth century B.C. to second century A.D.), its nurture through the medieval era (ninth century A.D. to fourteenth century A.D.), and its blossoming in the modern period (sixteenth century A.D. to twentieth century A.D.). The editor, in addition to his chapters on “Thomas Percival: Medical Ethics or Medical Jurisprudence?” and “Reciprocity in the Development of Anglo-American Medical Ethics, 1765–1865,” has assembled writings from a distinguished group of historians and ethicists. These writings provide great depth in the practical understanding of the ethical issues in the medical practice. The most significant message from the book as a whole is the idea that the same ethical problems persist from generation to generation of practitioners and from century to century in a wide variety of human societies and civilizations.