Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

Moral Principles and Medical Practice

The Basis of Medical Jurisprudence

Cover image for

Download


Author: Charles Coppens
Published: 1897
Language: English
Wordcount: 47,897 / 145 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54
LoC Categories: B, R, K
Downloads: 346
Added to site: 2006.06.19
mnybks.net#: 13933
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Non-fiction
Excerpt

is own free will, which, therefore, it is in his power to do or not to do. These are called human acts, because they proceed from a distinctively human power. A brute animal cannot perform such acts; it can only do under given circumstances what its impulses prompt it to do; or, when it experiences various impulses in different directions, it can only follow its strongest impulse; as when a dog, rushing up to attack a man, turns and runs away before his uplifted stick. When a bird sings, it cannot help singing; but a man may sing or not sing at his choice; his singing is a human act. When, however, under the impulse of violent pain, a person happens involuntarily to sigh or groan or even shriek, this indeed is the act of a man, but, inasmuch as it is physically uncontrollable, it is not a human act. So whatever a patient may do while under the influence of chloroform is not a human act, and he is not morally responsible for it. His conduct under the circumstances may denote a brave or a cowardly disp

SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Author of the Day

Lisa Consiglio Ryan
When Lisa Consiglio Ryan isn't cooking up deliciously healthy food, doing yoga, advising people on living a clean lifestyle or working on her WELLn
Read full interview...