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Philosophy and Medicine

Medical Ethics in Antiquity

Philosophical Perspectives on Abortion and Euthanasia

Authors: Carrick, P.

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The idea of reviewing the ethical concerns of ancient medicine with an eye as to how they might instruct us about the extremely lively disputes of our own contemporary medicine is such a natural one that it surprises us to real­ ize how very slow we have been to pursue it in a sustained way_ Ideologues have often seized on the very name of Hippocrates to close off debate about such matters as abortion and euthanasia - as if by appeal to a well-known and sacred authority that no informed person would care or dare to oppose_ And yet, beneath the polite fakery of such reference, we have deprived our­ selves of a familiarity with the genuinely 'unsimple' variety of Greek and Roman reflections on the great questions of medical ethics. The fascination of recovering those views surely depends on one stunning truism at least: humans sicken and die; they must be cared for by those who are socially endorsed to specialize in the task; and the changes in the rounds of human life are so much the same from ancient times to our own that the disputes and agreements of the past are remarkably similar to those of our own.

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`... a thorough and scholarly survey of issues in medical ethics that have always provided dilemmas for patients, physicians, and generally, members of the society. The book will serve to correct a multitude of errors we all tend to make concerning ancient ethical beliefs and practices. We have much to learn from Professor Carrick, who examines and expounds that wisdom with great felicity.'
JAMA (December 1986)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Medical Ethics in Antiquity
Book Subtitle
Philosophical Perspectives on Abortion and Euthanasia
Authors
Series Title
Philosophy and Medicine
Series Volume
18
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-5235-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-5235-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-1825-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-277-1915-7
Series ISSN
0376-7418
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 245
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