After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness

After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness

by Nancy Berlinger
     
 

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In After Harm, Berlinger draws on sources in theology, ethics, religion, and culture to create a practical and comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of patients, families, and clinicians affected by medical error. She emphasizes the importance of acknowledging fallibility, telling the truth, confronting feelings of guilt and shame, and providing just

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In After Harm, Berlinger draws on sources in theology, ethics, religion, and culture to create a practical and comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of patients, families, and clinicians affected by medical error. She emphasizes the importance of acknowledging fallibility, telling the truth, confronting feelings of guilt and shame, and providing just compensation. After Harm adds important human dimensions to an issue that has profound consequences for patients and health care providers.

Editorial Reviews

Christian Century
This is an important book that deserves to be read widely. Berlinger has done a signal service by writing it.

— Stephen E. Lammers

Christian Science Monitor
Forgiveness on the part of an injured patient, or the family if the patient has died, comes as a result of both words and actions on the part of doctors and hospitals, says Nancy Berlinger in her thoughtful and well-researched book.

— Gregory M. Lamb

Metapsychology
Certainly recommended reading.

— Mark Welch, Ph.D.

Chicago Sun-Times
Thoughtful and well-researched.

— Gregory M. Lamb

British Medical Journal
Provides a valuable counterbalance to innumerable calls for systemic reforms to reduce medical error.

— Farr A. Curlin

Literature and Medicine
In an environment in which the aftermath of medical harm is characterized by adversarial relationships and self-protective maneuvering, Berlinger's proposals offer an alternative that ultimately better serves patients, families, clinicians, and health-care institutions. After Harm has much to offer students, educators, administrators, and policymakers.

— Gregg VandeKieft

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
An accessible, thoughtful treatment of this sensitive topic, which carefully addresses the concerns of all parties affected by medical harm... This book should be read by anyone working within a healthcare institution.

— Christine Vitrano

Journal of Religion and Health
A refreshing effort to connect error and forgiveness in a way that encourages the sort of debate the issue deserves.

— Curtis W. Hart

Hastings Center Report
Presents an opportune and refreshing perspective on medical error.

— Summer Johnson

Ethics and Medicine
I loved this book... It is a tight, tasty, spiritual and intellectual morsel.

— Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA, FAAN

Provincial Health Ethics Network
The text in my view makes an important contribution to the understanding of the relationship between physician and patient in the face of medical error... The author states she hopes non-physician health care professionals will find her work of use, to that end she has succeeded.

— Anne-Marie Brown

Literature and Medicine - Gregg VandeKieft
In an environment in which the aftermath of medical harm is characterized by adversarial relationships and self-protective maneuvering, Berlinger's proposals offer an alternative that ultimately better serves patients, families, clinicians, and health-care institutions. After Harm has much to offer students, educators, administrators, and policymakers.

Christian Science Monitor - Gregory M. Lamb
Thoughtful and well-researched.

Christian Century - Stephen E. Lammers
This is an important book that deserves to be read widely. Berlinger has done a signal service by writing it.

Metapsychology - Mark Welch
Certainly recommended reading.

British Medical Journal - Farr A. Curlin
Provides a valuable counterbalance to innumerable calls for systemic reforms to reduce medical error.

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics - Christine Vitrano
An accessible, thoughtful treatment of this sensitive topic, which carefully addresses the concerns of all parties affected by medical harm... This book should be read by anyone working within a healthcare institution.

Journal of Religion and Health - Curtis W. Hart
A refreshing effort to connect error and forgiveness in a way that encourages the sort of debate the issue deserves.

Hastings Center Report - Summer Johnson
Presents an opportune and refreshing perspective on medical error.

Provincial Health Ethics Network - Anne-Marie Brown
The text in my view makes an important contribution to the understanding of the relationship between physician and patient in the face of medical error... The author states she hopes non-physician health care professionals will find her work of use, to that end she has succeeded.

Ethics and Medicine - Robert E. Cranston
I loved this book... It is a tight, tasty, spiritual and intellectual morsel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801881671
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Laurie Zoloth
Dr. Berlinger's thoughtful and graceful work offers reflection on aspects of heath care, ethics and faith in ways both necessary and new. Her work provides a critique of bioethics and a challenge for the sort of conversations we need to move forward.

Meet the Author

Nancy Berlinger is the deputy director and associate for religious studies at the Hastings Center.

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