Doing Right A Practical Guide to Ethics for Medical Trainees and Physicians

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-05-27
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The third edition of Doing Right: A Practical Guide to Ethics for Medical Trainees and Physicians is a practical guide to analyzing and resolving the ethical dilemmas medical practitioners face on a day-to-day basis. Drawing extensively on real-life scenarios, this book takes a case-based approach to provide students and practitioners with the advice and skills they need to help their patients and overcome ethical challenges in the field. Fully revised to include up-to-date coverage of such important topics as patient-practitioner relationships in the digital age and advances in reproductive medicine and reproductive technologies, this third edition of Doing Right will provide readers with the most up-to-date guidebook to medical ethics available.

Author Biography

Philip C. Hebert, Professor Emeritus, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Philip C. Hebert is emeritus professor of family medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and chair of the research ethics board at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. For twenty years he was a family physician at Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre, retiring from active clinical practice in 2010. He remains on staff there as a consultant. He has an interest in many areas of ethics including disclosure, end-of-life care, consent, medical error, and medical education and teaches widely across Canada. In 2008, he received the second annual William Marsden Award from the CMA for his contribution to ethics teaching in Canada, and in 2011 he was named Academic Family Physician of the Year and received the University of Toronto's Department of Family and Community Medicine Award of Excellence.

Table of Contents

1. : Ethics Matters: Principles, Virtues, and Ethically Sound Medicine
I. Ethical Reasoning and Principles in Medicine
II. Three Ethical Principles and Questions
III. "Resolving" Ethical Dilemmas
IV. "Doing Right:" A Decision-Making Procedure for Clinical Ethics
V. Applying the Ethics Decision-Making Procedure
2. : The Almost Revolution: Autonomy and Patient-Based Care
I. The Autonomy Principle
II. The Case of Mrs Malette and Dr Shulman
III. Choices: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
IV. Reduced Autonomy
3. : No Man an Island: Confidentiality and Trust
I. Rights of Privacy, Confidential Duties
II. Professional Regulations
III. Limits to Confidentiality
IV. Duty to Warn and Protect
V. The Digital Age
4. : The Power to Heal: Truth and Deception in Clinical Practice
I. On Not Telling the Truth
II. The Truth-Telling Task
III. Modern Law and the Profession
IV. The Changing Practice of Medicine
V. The Varnished Truth
5. : The Power to Choose: Due Care and Informed Consent
I. The Essence of Informed Consent
II. Ethical Consent
III. The Doctor Who Didn't: The Case of Mr Reibl v. Dr Hughes
IV. The Essential Elements of Consent: When, Who, What, How?
V. Exceptions to Consent
6. : The Waning and Waxing Self: Capacity and Incapacity in Medical Care
I. Attending to and Assessing Capacity
II. Substitute Decision Makers
III. Treatment of the Vulnerable
IV. When Not to Rescue
V. Failure to Care for Self
VI. Cases Involving Minors
7. : Helping and Not Harming: Beneficence and Non-maleficence
I. The Principles of Beneficence and Non-maleficence
II. The "Duty to Rescue" the Patient
III. Endangering One's Self
IV. In the Best Interests of Minors
V. Parental Requests for Treatment
8. : Conduct Becoming: Medical Professionalism and Managing Error
I. Professionalism in Healthcare
II. Professionals and the Drug Industry
III. Boundaries and Crossings
IV. The Error of Our Ways
9. : Beyond the Patient: Doing Justice to Justice
I. Justice in Everyday Medicine
II. Distributive Justice
III. Medically Necessary Treatment
IV. The Role of Practice Guidelines
V. The Health Professional's Master
10. : Labour Pains: Ethics and New Life
I. Birthing and Reproductive Choice
II. In the Interest of the Child: Being Born and Living Life
III. The New Age of Reproduction
IV. Desperately Seeking Stem Cells
11. : A Dark Wood: End-of-Life Decisions
I. Allowing Death: Refusals by the Patient
II. Advance Directives
III. Who is the Patient?
IV. Lost Souls
V. Physician-Accelerated Death
12. : Questions of Culture, Genetics, and Science
I. Cultural Connections
II. All in the Genome?
III. Scientific Revelations
IV. Some Questions and Answers Regarding Research
Conclusion: Going from Here

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