The Virtuous Psychiatrist: Character Ethics in Psychiatric Practice

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Overview

The context for this interdisciplinary work by a philosopher and a clinician is the psychiatric care provided to those with severe mental disorders. Such a setting makes distinctive moral demands on the very character of the practitioner, it is shown, calling for special virtues and greater virtue than many other practice settings. In a practice so attentive to the patient's self identity, the authors promote a heightened awareness of cultural and particularly gender issues. By elucidating the nature of the moral psychology and character of the good psychiatrist, this work provides a sustained application of virtue theory to clinical practice. With its roots in Aristotelian writing, The Virtuous Psychiatrist presents virtue traits as habits, able to be cultivated and enhanced through training. The book describes these traits, and how they can be habituated in clinical training. A turn towards virtue theory within philosophy during the last several decades has resulted in important research on professional ethics. By approaching the ethics of psychiatric professionals in these virtue terms, Radden and Sadler's work provides an original application of this theorizing to practice. Of interest to both theorists and practitioners, the book explores the tension between the model of enduring character implicit in virtue theory and the segmented personae of role-specific moral responses. Clinical examples are provided, based upon dramaturgical vignettes (caseplays) which illustrate both the interactions of the case participants as well as the inner monologue of the clinician protagonist.

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Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book explores the distinctive morality and character that a psychiatrist treating patients with severe mental illness must have and contends that psychiatrists would be best served by a virtue theory-based ethical standard.
Purpose: The purpose is to demonstrate why a psychiatrist has a different set of ethical standards in comparison to other physicians, and then defines what these ethical standards/virtue traits are and how to achieve them.
Audience: Psychiatrists are the audience.
Features: The book begins with an exploration of the history of psychiatric ethics, and the authors' contention that psychiatry has its own particular ethical standards distinct from the rest of the medical field. It then explores a more in-depth explanation of the need for distinctive psychiatric morals with regard to boundaries, patient vulnerability, and the social stigma of mental illness. Virtue theory and ethics are introduced as suited to the character demands placed upon psychiatrists. This section is followed by a discussion of gender identity and issues as they relate to the practice of psychiatry. The book concludes with vignettes demonstrating the virtues in action and the difficulties associated with adopting a virtue-based ethical framework.
Assessment: This is a worthwhile and interesting book. I readily identified with the virtue theory and its application to the practice of psychiatry. The exploration of the problems unique to psychiatry versus other medical specialties is handled quite well. The chapter on gender issues is both thoughtful and insightful. This is a very useful and important contribution to the ethics of psychiatry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195389371
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/7/2010
  • Series: INTERNATIONAL PERS PHILOSOPHY & PSYCH Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,444,224
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Radden is Professor of Philosophy, U Mass Boston, and editor of The Nature of Melancholy, The Philosophy of Psychiatry, and Moody Minds Distempered (all OUP).

John Sadler is Daniel W. Foster Professor of Medical Ethics, UT Southwestern Medical School

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Psychiatric Ethics as Professional and Biomedical Ethics

Chapter 2: The Distinctiveness of the Psychiatric Setting

Chapter 3: Psychiatric Ethics as Virtue Ethics

Chapter 4: Elements of a Gender-Sensitive Ethics for Psychiatry

Chapter 5: Some Virtues for Psychiatrists

Chapter 6: Character and Social Role

Chapter 7: Case Studies in Psychiatric Virtues

Conclusion
References

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