Dental Ethics at Chairside: Professional Principles and Practical Applications / Edition 2

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Every health care practitioner from Hippocrates to our own day has had to deal with questions of ethics in the effort to serve patients properly and well. The dental professional is no different. For nearly a decade, it has had sound ethical reflection on its side in the form of Dental Ethics at Chairside. In issues ranging from ordinary chairside decision making to HIV/AIDS and ethical business practices, the first edition of this book has guided thousands of dentists, dental hygienists, students, and other oral health care practitioners to an understanding of the essential practice of ethics. Now a revised, updated, and expanded edition of Dental Ethics at Chairside responds to the challenges of oral health care in the new century with chapters on managed care, confidentiality and electronic record-keeping, among other important topics.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Carl Bouchard, DMD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry)
Description: This book doesn't provide answers to specific ethical problems in the domain of dentistry, but provides information and a way of thinking to enable the clinician to make morally correct decisions. Every chapter starts with a case presentation challenging the reader's opinion on a particular subject.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide dentists with a systematic account of professional ethics in dental practice to help them understand and judge wisely about different issues. This is a much needed book for dental students and dentists, who face ethical challenges throughout their careers. The book is complete, and clearly meet the authors' objectives.
Audience: The book is written for dentists, dental students, hygienists and other health professionals interested in ethics. I think the book will primarily serve the needs of dental and hygiene students, because of its strong academic content. One of the authors is a dentist and the other is director of the Center for Ethics and Social Justice at the Loyola University. The two authors combine there experience making the duo credible authorities on the subject.
Features: The book can be divided into two major sections. The first covers the nature of the profession, professional obligations, and the decision making process for ethical questions. The second applies the concepts discussed in the first section by providing a variety of ethical issues. Multiple examples and case presentation make the theory easy to understand. The references are presented at the end of the book in the form of a bibliographic essay, which makes research on this topic easy and accessible. The analysis provided in the book is pertinent in most part only for general dentists. Issues regarding dental specialists or other health specialists are not discussed.
Assessment: All dental students should read this book. It is one of the most complete books on the subject of dental ethics. The cases presented are realistic and will help general dentists with decision making and assessment of ethical questions. This book definitely will stimulate conversation and discussions about morality, law, and ethics among dentists.
Eliakum Reinert
This book deals with the intellectual tools and professional principles of dental ethics and their practical application. The worthy objective is to assist readers to reflect more clearly and articulately on the ethics of dental practice. The book meets its objectives but requires effort in reading. The book is written for the dental practitioner and student as well as the nondentist reader who desires to understand the ethical reflection in professional dental practice. The references are provided in a bibliographic essay that adds important information. A useful index is enclosed. The chapters about HIV-positive patients and caregivers make the book very current. This philosophical but practical book broadens and deepens the field of dental ethics. The book is a must for libraries and highly recommended for individuals concerned about ethical questions in dentistry.
From The Critics
Written to be used in professional ethics programs in dental schools, the new edition of this textbook adds chapters on confidentiality of patient records and the ethics of managed care. After exploring central values and broad ethical issues of the dental profession, chapters focus on such topics as patients with compromised capacity, education and cooperation, bad outcomes, HIV and AIDS in patients and dentists, social justice and access to dental care, dentistry as a business, and the dental profession and the wider community. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Ozar (philosophy, Loyola U.) and Sokol (private practitioner of general dentistry and health law) discuss the intellectual tools that dentists can apply to thinking about ethical issues in the practice of their profession. After a general discussion of professional ethics, chapters treat such topics as social justice and access to care, the HIV-positive care giver, HIV in patients, patient education and cooperation, professional collaboration, and patients with compromised capacity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878403769
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 835,274
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David T. Ozar, PhD, FACD, is director, Center for Ethics and Social Justice, and professor, Department of Philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago. He is an honorary Fellow of the American College of Dentists.

David J. Sokol, DDS, JD, FACD, is a dentist with many years of private practice experience, and also in the practice of dental and medical health and malpractice law in Highland Mills, NY.

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Table of Contents

Part I. The Dental Profession and Professional Ethics

1. Introduction

2. Profession and Professional Obligation

3. The Question of Professional Ethics

4. The Relationship between Patient and Professional

5. The Central Values of Dental Practice

6. Ethical Decision Making and Conflicting Obligations

Part II. Ethical Issues in Dental Practice

7. Patients with Compromised Capacity

8. Education and Cooperation

9. Bad Outcomes and Bad Work

10. Working Together

11. HIV and AIDS in Patients and Dentists

12. Confidentiality and Patient Records

13. Social Justice and Access to Dental Care

14. Third-Party Payers and Managed Care

15. Dentistry as a Business

16. The Dental Profession and the Community

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