The Virtuous Physician

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-01-02
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag

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This book proposes a notion of "the virtuous physician" to address the quality-of-care and professionalism crises plaguing modern medicine. The nature of the two crises and efforts to resolve them are discussed, as well as virtue theory, along with virtue ethics and epistemology, and specific virtues (especially as they relate to medicine). The ontological priority of caring as the metaphysical virtue for grounding a notion of virtuous physician is explored along with two ontic virtues' ;care and competence. It is argued that the transformation of competence into prudent wisdom and care into personal radical love to forge the compound virtue of prudent love is sufficient for defining the virtuous physician. In addition, two clinical case stories are reconstructed to illustrate the various virtues associated with medical practice and the author discusses how the notion of virtuous physician addresses the quality-of-care and professionalism crises.

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