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The Source: Evolution Of Medical Ethics Through A Family Lens


When Dr. Barron Lerner started reading his father's medical diaries he didn't expect what he found. The differences in how he and his father practiced medicine were drastic.

Modern medical ethical standards like informed consent didn't exist back then and it wasn't uncommon for a doctor to mislead a patient to get them to take the course of action the doctor thought best. 

But he also noted a difference in the intimacy of the care that modern practices have lost.

His book, "The Good Doctor: A father, A Son, And The Evolution Of Medical Ethics," details the many ways that the practice of medicine has changed. Is it better or have we lost something?


  • Dr. Barron Lerner, internist and bioethicist working for the NYU Langone Medical Center

*This is the first segment in the June 12 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM. Audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.

Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive