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Medical Ethics in Antiquity. Philosophical Perspectives on Abortion and Euthanasia.

CARRICK, Paul (1946-):

ISBN 10: 9027718253 / ISBN 13: 9789027718259
Published by Dordrecht, etc.: D. Reidel, 1985., 1985
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First Edition. xxvi, 242 pp, 1 leaf (ads); illus. Original cloth. Signature of former owner on front pastedown. Pink highlighting on three pages of Introduction. Else Near Fine, in near fine dust jacket. Philosophy and medicine; vol. 18. All 13 copies of this hardcover editon of this book on ABE are in fact the now well-known imaginary listings. There are two real copies of the Pallas paperback edition (new price: US$88.50). New hardcover price: US$169.00 (US$135.20). '[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, Dec. 1986). Bookseller Inventory # 16940

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Title: Medical Ethics in Antiquity. Philosophical ...

Publisher: Dordrecht, etc.: D. Reidel, 1985.

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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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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