The problem of morality in professional conduct is quite different for the Catholic physicians as opposed to the materialistically oriented practitioner. As the author states, "Such problems as contraception, sterilization, abortion, killing the child during a difficult birth and euthanasia must appear entirely different to one who considers man only as a biological mechanism and to one who adopts the Catholic view of life." The author sees morality in medicine as much more than a series of negations and limitations on action. "True medical ethics are a plan for living and for professional conduct which will develop to the full the role of the doctor in the Mystical Body of Christ, and will serve to the best advantage of the true interests of his patients."
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. The nature of man : What is life? ; Man cannot be explained solely in biological terms ; The soul ; Body and soul constitute the person. -- II. The origin of the moral law : The law of God ; The natural law ; Divine positive law ; Determining factors in the practice of medicine. -- III. The doctor in the mystical body -- IV. Medicine and the genesis of life : The genesis of life ; Marriage and the genesis of human life ;. The purpose of the marriage act ; The problem of contraception ; The infertile period ; Family planning ; Material standards not the sole criterion ; The doctor's role in family planning ; The Catholic doctor and non-Catholic patients. -- V. Infertility : Marriage and sterility ; How the doctor can help ; Difficulty in investigating male sterility ; Artificial insemination ; Modern difficulties of the Catholic patient. -- VI. Sterilization : Infringement of the integrity of the human person ; Ethical rules governing surgery and medicine ; These rules applied to sterilization ; Eugenic sterilization ; Sterilization for contraceptive purposes ; The contraceptive pill
VII. Abortion : The unlawfulness of abortion ; So-called therapeutic abortion ; Mother or child?. -- VIII. Childbirth: mother or child? -- IX. The preservation of life : Dietetic excess ; Physical exercise ; Pills are not the remedy ; Our obligations to others : The family ; The aged ; Our fellow men. Our obligations in sickness ; The new techniques of medicine ; The moment of death ; Obligation to use new techniques. -- X. The end of life: The changed nature of fatal diseases ; Pain and its problems ; The doctor and pain ; The patient and relief of pain ; Methods of relieving pain ; Prefrontal leucotomy ; The relief of pain and approaching death ; Euthanasia ; Informing the patient of approaching death ; The sacrament of extreme unction. -- XI. The doctor and psychiatry : Freud ; Catholics and psychiatry