Making Sense of Medical Ethics : A Hands-on Guide

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-02-03
  • Publisher: Hodder Arnold Publishers
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The practice of clinical medicine is inextricably linked with the need for moral values and ethical principles. The study of medical ethics is, therefore, rightly assuming an increasingly significant place in undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses and in allied health curricula.Making Sense of Medical Ethics offers a no-nonsense introduction to the principles of medical ethics, as applied to the everyday care of patients, the development of novel therapies and the undertaking of pioneering basic medical research. Written from a practical rather than a philosophicalperspective, the authors call upon their extensive experience of clinical practice, research and teaching to illustrate how ethical principles can be applied in different "real-life" situations. Making Sense of Medical Ethics encourages readers to understand the principles of medical ethics as theyapply to clinical practice; explore and evaluate common misconceptions; consider the ethics underlying any medical decision; and as a result, to realize that a good appreciation of medical ethics will help them to practice more effectively in the future.

Table of Contents

What Is It All About?
Myths and Misunderstandings
How Can Ethical Guidance Be Found?
Values--The Moral Basis of Medical Ethics
Ethics in Conflict
Is a Consensus Possible?
Law and Ethics
Autonomy and Consent
Justice and Fairness
Truth and Integrity
Competing Ethical Principles
Deciding Priorities
Forming Ethical Pathways
Ethical Pathways in Practice
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