Ryan's Writings on Medical Ethics

  • Howard Brody
  • Zahra Meghani
  • Kimberley Greenwald
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 105)

Ryan's major writing on medical ethics went through three versions. First, it appeared in the form of filler interspersed among other articles in his LMSJ in 1829–1830.176 He then reprinted these articles as the first four chapters of his Manual of Medical Jurisprudence, in its first London edition (1831). This volume, as we have seen, was the object of a long, highly critical review in The Lancet.177 The reviewer took Ryan to task for, among other things, plagiarizing and inadequately indicating the differences between his own writing and direct quotations from other works; for his apparently gratuitous diatribe against phrenology; and for his antipathy to medical experiments on patients. The reviewer also accused Ryan of padding the book by reprinting large sections of his earlier-published Manual on Midwifery. While Ryan discounted both the content and the motives of the Lancet review, he gave evidence in his second (1836) edition that he had taken at least some of the criticisms to heart. He included in his Introduction an extremely long list of the works on medical jurisprudence that he had consulted in compiling the present book. He also appeared to devote more concern to distinguishing quotations and giving credit to other authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard Brody
    • 1
  • Zahra Meghani
    • 2
  • Kimberley Greenwald
  1. 1.Institute for the Medical HumanitiesUniversity of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.Philosophy DepartmentUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA

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