The Influence of Edmund D. Pellegrino's Philosophy of Medicine / Edition 1

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This volume is dedicated to the philosophy of medicine advanced by Edmundo D. Pellegrino, a renown physician educator and philosopher. Pellegrino's thinking about philosophy of medicine centers on the importance of illness in the life of the patient, and the professional relationship established by promising to help alleviate suffering. From this relationship norms are established that contribute to the staying power of medicine as a moral enterprise. Chapters are included from established thinkers and newcomers to the field, all of whom have been influenced by Pellegrino. Some chapters expand upon his thinking for primary care, managed care, and other delivery systems. Other chapters explain in more detail certain key concepts in Pellegrino's thought, like beneficence, doing no harm, and clinical phronesis or prudential decision making. Still others explore areas of difficulty like the reliance on role modernity and virtue ethics, the problem of pluralism and a loss of professional normative ethics, and the search for the foundations of the philosophy of medicine. Constructing a viable philosophy of medicine for the next century is an essential task for grounding the morality of medicine during enormous social and economic change. Pellegrino's thinking and the ideas of those he has influenced will contribute immensely to this challenge.
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Explores the philosophy of medicine developed as a foundation for ethical practice by the contemporary American academic of medicine, based on his training in classics and philosophy at a Jesuit high school and St. John's University in Brooklyn. The 14 essays consider the virtues of psychiatric practice, a dialogue between virtue ethics and care ethics, the call for a patient-centered medical ethic in the managed care era, and clinical reasoning. Reprinted from "Theoretical Medicine" vol. 18, nos. 1-2 (1997). No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792344124
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 3/31/1997
  • Edition description: Reprinted from THEORETICAL MEDICINE, 18:1-2, 1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Edmund D. Pellegrino Festschrift 1
Edmund D. Pellegrino's Philosophy of Family Practice 7
The Virtues in Psychiatric Practice 21
The Inadequacy of Role Models for Educating Medical Students in Ethics with Some Reflections on Virtue Theory 31
A Dialogue Between Virtue Ethics and Care Ethics 47
Futility and the Varieties of Medical Judgment 63
Finding an Appropriate Ethic in a World of Moral Acquaintances 79
Philosophy of Medical Practice: A Discursive Approach 99
"Damaged Humanity": The Call for a Patient-Centered Medical Ethic in the Managed Care Era 113
Antifoundationalism and the Possibility of a Moral Philosophy of Medicine 127
Why Bioethics Needs the Philosophy of Medicine: Some Implications of Reflection on Concepts of Health and Disease 145
The Crisis of Virtue: Arming for the Cultural Wars and Pellegrino at the Limes 165
Phronesis, Clinical Reasoning, and Pellegrino's Philosophy of Medicine 173
Why "Do No Harm"? 197
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