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AuthorKantor, Jay E. author
TitleMedical Ethics for Physicians-in-Training [electronic resource] / by Jay E. Kantor
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US : Imprint: Springer, 1989
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-1672-3
Descript XVIII, 226 p. online resource

SUMMARY

The recent interest in biomedical ethics has resulted in the publication of a great many textbooks in the field. As good as many of these texts are, their attempts to encompass the ethical issues in all areas of health care have left them wanting in comprehensive treatments of specific areas that are of immediate concern to clinicians, and over-comprehensive in areas that are peripheral. While the numerous anthologies of articles have the merit of not presenting students with a single biased approach, they usually have the disadvantage of preยญ senting articles that are narrowly focused criticisms of other narrowly focused articles. On the other hand, texts by single authors tend to be overly theoretical in their approach. The philosopher teaching ethics in a medical school or in a hospital setยญ ting must tread a difficult intellectual path. There are no "desert island" issues in clinical ethics, and few of the actual cases can be simply stripped down to clear conยญ flicts between two philosophical theories. The horns of vii viii Preface the dilemmas that he encounters are more likely to reยญ semble a stag's horns than a bull's. A philosopher workยญ ing in these settings must quickly change his accusยญ tomed approach to philosophical issues if he is to be effective. Very often he will be presented with an issue that he would prefer to mull over for a year or two, but which will require some sort of immediate direction or resolution because action must be taken


CONTENT

1 Introduction and Philosophical Theories -- 2 Informed Consent and the Right to Refuse Treatment -- 3 Personhood and the Right to Life -- 4 Euthanasia -- 5 Psychiatric Ethics -- 6 Confidentiality -- 7 Afterword -- Notes


Medicine Ethics Philosophy and science Social sciences Medicine & Public Health Medicine/Public Health general Ethics Philosophy of Science Social Sciences general



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