Do We Still Need Doctors?

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 214 pages
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Examines the doctor's shifting roles and responsibilities in our rapidly changing health care system. Exploring such issues as the structure of medical education, the corporatization of health care, and the increasing constraints upon the private doctor/patient relationship, the author reveals how changes in our health care system are fostering new ways of understanding and responding to illness. The text covers issues ranging from the growing emphasis on technology as healer and the physician's new role in the team oriented health care system to the economic forces governing medicine and the limits of moral responsibility for patient care. It probes the factors transforming the roles of doctors and health care institutions as well as our own understanding of health and healing.
 

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Contents

Postwar Optimism
9
Priscillas Story
32
Why Should We Care about Other Peoples Children?
49
Medical Education and Medical Morality
65
Truths Stories Fictions and Lies
82
On Mistakes and Truth Telling
116
The Perils of Progress
133
Do We Still Need Doctors?
157
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John D. Lantos, M.D., is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago and holds the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City. He is the author of The Lazarus Case: Life-and-Death Issues in Neonatal Intensive Care (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001). William L. Meadow, M.D., Ph.D., is a board-certified neonatologist with twenty-five years of experience in neonatal intensive care and a professor of pediatrics and medicine and co-chief of neonatology at the University of Chicago.

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