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ACUTE CASES IN MORAL MEDICINE
BY THE REVERENDEDWARD F. BURKE, M.A., Ph.D.
PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY, ST. MARY’S SEMINARY,CLEVELAND
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
Published October, 1922.
To that love of God and man, which inspires the doctor and the nurse, the sister and the priest to deeds of untiring zeal and heroic self-sacrifice, this book is respectfully dedicated.
T. C. O’Reilly, S.T.D., Censor Deputatus
Josephus Schrembs, Episcopus Clevelandensis
Cleveland, Ohio, March 25, 1922
The trained nurse holds a position of highest trust and responsibility in the professional world of today.
She enters our homes at a most critical time when the lives of our loved ones hang in the balance.
Her responsibilities involve loyalty to the physician or surgeon, faithful and devoted care of the patient, the utmost regard for the sacredness of the home and its intimate relations and confidences, and absolute fidelity to her own conscience.
This fourfold relationship demands a correct knowledge of the sacred principles of sound morality and the conscientious application thereof to the daily tasks of the trained nurse.
The truest measure of her service to humanity will ever be found in her fidelity to her conscience and to the sacred laws of God.
The real value of the present publication lies in its splendid presentation of the fundamental principles of Christian morality bearing on the duties of the trained nurse.
The author has accomplished his task in a most admirable manner, and I take pleasure in recommending this book as a text for our schools of nursing.
Joseph Schrembs, Bishop of Cleveland
Those whose duty it is to care for the sick, doctors, nurses and others, are called upon frequently to meet perplexing emergencies.
It is the purpose of this book to mark out a safe line of conduct, brief and readily accessible in those ever-recurring cases in which the rights of others are directly concerned.
Man’s rights are two-fold, temporal and spiritual, corresponding to the twofold order of which he is a being. The foundation of his temporal rights is his right to life; chief among his spiritual rights is the right of religion. It is with certain phases of these two rights that this treatise deals.