Humane Medicine / Edition 1

Humane Medicine / Edition 1

by Miles Little, J. M. Little
     
 

In the late twentieth century the impressive achievements of modern medicine are obvious. Yet medicine seems to have failed to satisfy public expectations. Is there something wrong with medical research and practice? This book, written by a surgeon with more than 30 years experience of clinical medicine, examines what it is that doctors do, and what it is that… See more details below

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In the late twentieth century the impressive achievements of modern medicine are obvious. Yet medicine seems to have failed to satisfy public expectations. Is there something wrong with medical research and practice? This book, written by a surgeon with more than 30 years experience of clinical medicine, examines what it is that doctors do, and what it is that patients expect them to do. It finds that in the face of uncertainty, expectation and reality often diverge. Starting from the communication difficulties that exist between doctors and patients, Humane Medicine explores the roles of science, ethics and the humanities in medical practice. It forcefully argues that more science cannot heal this rift nor can better education in ethics. To foster better communication, medical teachers must change their philosophy and methods, so that value-laden issues in clinical medicine are interwoven with the necessary science. Professor Little outlines some possible ways to achieve this.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521498630
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
207
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
1Confronting the Present: Confronting the Future1
2The Clinical Process: A Popperean Analysis15
3Science and the Epistemology of Clinical Medicine30
4The Impact of Authority in Medicine and Medical Research50
5Probability: Master Or Servant?61
6Autonomy and a Calculus of Clinical Benefit74
7Ethics and the Definition of Professionalism89
8The Bioethics Committee108
9Autonomy, Logic, Hermeneutics and Informed Consent122
10Text, Context and the Medical History141
11Towards a New Medicine160
12A Summary172
Glossary179
Appendix: A Humane Medicine Teaching Package186
Index192

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