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American physicians are moving toward a social definition of "life1'- defining an individual as being alive in terms of his ability to interact with others, rather than purely physical criteria.
Questioning more than 3,000 neurosurgeons, pediatric heart sur-geons, internists, and pediatricians, University of Pennsylvania sociol- ogist Crane found that most physicians (75 percent) agreed...