0
ARTICLE |

Physicians and Morality

Robert D. Knapp Jr., MD
JAMA. 1963;184(5):430. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700180156022.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

ABSTRACT

To the Editor:  —Dr. Shanbrom's recent communication (JAMA182:856 [Nov 24] 1962) deserves underlining. Preoccupied with the mechanics of treatment and the niceties of physiologic activity, physicians tend to ignore or distort the meaning of life and to misinterpret their obligations as medical practitioners. Life is so obviously more than movement of blood, intactness of reflex arcs, and existence of a particular composition for intracellular fluid.While, in our preoccupation with treatment, we try to pull another rabbit out of the hat, we isolate the dying patient from his friends and relatives. As a consequence of such last-ditch efforts, physicians and nurses are almost the only ones who see people die anymore. Probably in part because of this, laymen have the idea that dying is a dreadful thing, to be delayed at all costs. And what are these costs? They are parts of the lives of everyone else—physicians, nurses,

Topics

Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours

First Page Preview

View Large
/>
First page PDF preview

Figures

Tables

References

CME
Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
NOTE:
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Multimedia

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

Jobs
brightcove.createExperiences();