Becoming a Good Doctor: The Place of Virtue and Character in Medical Ethics

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1988 - Medical - 211 pages
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Becoming a Good Doctor focuses on medical ethics in basic sense: the character traits and styles of practice we look for when we seek a doctor's help. This book will appeal to doctors and medical students for its sound application of the venerable tradition of virtue ethics to modern medical practice.
 

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Character Virtue and the Structure of the DoctorPatient Relationship
14
Diagnosis Prognosis and the Virtue of Benevolence
32
Medical Communication and the Virtue of Truthfulness
46
DecisionMaking and the Virtue of Respect
63
Inevitability of Feelings and the Virtue of Friendliness
75
Access to Medical Help and the Virtue of Justice
94
Doctors as Priests and the Virtue of Religion
111
American Medical Ethics and Loss of Concern for Ethical Self
134
Getting in Touch with the Ethical Self
144
The Ethical Self and the Practice of Virtue
154
What the Word Ethics Means
168
Ethics Roots in the Structure of Persons
174
Persons and Ethics as Essentially Social
187
Index
200
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James F. Drane is the Russell B. Roth professor of clinical medical ethics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

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