Humanistic Perspectives in Medical Ethics

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his patient, the traditional commands and prohibitions of his own religious views and the evolving systems of secular, socially derived values. Since a conflict of loyalty may be agonizingly difficult, some physicians adhere tenaciously to the old, others rush almost hysterically after the new. Through this maze of contradictory influences the thoughtful physician must find his own course with compassion, but with cool and informed judgement.


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Throughout this chapter the candidate for birth control advice or service is designated as a "patient," for although sickness is usually not involved, there is no satisfactory alternative term for the physician's clients. The patient is designated as "she," partly because more than half of the burden is the woman's, partly because for the writer, as for every obstetrician gynecologist, all patients are feminine.

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