Medical Benefit and the Human Lottery An Egalitarian Approach to Patient Selection (International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine) by Duff R. Waring

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  • Medical ethics,
  • Medical,
  • Sociology,
  • Ethics & Moral Philosophy,
  • General,
  • Political,
  • Social Science / General,
  • Health Care Delivery

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Number of Pages222
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Open LibraryOL9807966M
ISBN 101402029705
ISBN 109781402029707

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