Ethics: A Theory of Medical Ethics.

Howard Brody

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This book review characterizes Robert Veatch's A Theory of Medical Ethics as a "third-generation" treatise that looks beyond case- and issue-oriented analysis to develop the theoretical bases of a "true system of medical ethics." Veatch proposes a "draft medical ethical covenant" based on a "triple contract" model, in which the moral principles of contract keeping, autonomy, honesty, avoiding killing, and justice govern the physician's relationship to both individual patients and society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2293
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of the American Medical Association
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 23 1982
Externally publishedYes


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