The Virtues in Medical Practice

The Virtues in Medical Practice

by Edward D. Pellegrino, David C. Thomasma
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195082893

ISBN-13: 9780195082890

Pub. Date: 11/28/1993

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In recent years, virtue theories have enjoyed a renaissance of interest among general and medical ethicists. This book offers a virtue-based ethic for medicine, the health professions, and health care. Beginning with a historical account of the concept of virtue, the authors construct a theory of the place of the virtues in medical practice. Their theory is

Overview

In recent years, virtue theories have enjoyed a renaissance of interest among general and medical ethicists. This book offers a virtue-based ethic for medicine, the health professions, and health care. Beginning with a historical account of the concept of virtue, the authors construct a theory of the place of the virtues in medical practice. Their theory is grounded in the nature and ends of medicine as a special kind of human activity. The concepts of virtue, the virtues, and the virtuous physician are examined along with the place of the virtues of trust, compassion, prudence, justice, courage, temperance, and effacement of self-interest in medicine. The authors discuss the relationship between and among principles, rules, virtues, and the philosophy of medicine. They also address the difference virtue-based ethics makes in confronting such practical problems as care of the poor, research with human subjects, and the conduct of the healing relationship. This book with the author's previous volumes, A Philosophical Basis of Medical Practice and For the Patient's Good, are part of their continuing project of developing a coherent moral philosophy of medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195082890
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 6.31(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

PART I: Theory
1. Virtue Theory
2. The Link Between Virtues, Principles, Duties
3. Medicine as a Moral Community
4. The Ends of Medicine and its Virtues
PART II: The Virtues in Medicine
5. Fidelity to Trust
6. Compassion
7. Phronesis: The Indispensable Virtue of Medicine
8. Justice
9. Fortitude
10. Temperance
11. Integrity
12. Self-Effacement
PART III: The Practice of Virtue
13. How Does Virtue Make a Difference?
14. Can the Medical Virtues be Taught?
15. Postscript: An Integral Medical Ethics

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