Medical stewardship: fulfilling the Hippocratic legacy
Medical ethics involve more than a prohibition against advertising or solicitation of patients, or a limit on the height of the letters on a doctor's office door. The true ethics of health care are the fundamental values that guide-or should guide-physicians in every aspect of their interaction with patients, their families, and society at large. Professional ethics is a complex and controversial issue, but one that must be dealt with in an era of increasing skepticism about the practice of medicine. Medical Stewardship is a carefully reasoned historical and philosophical inquiry into the origins of our notions of medical ethics, and the ways in which a true sense of the doctor's proper role can be restored. Tracing the development of medical ethics from ancient times to the modern era, Dr. Kepler consides them in relation to the medical profession of today. He considers several areas seldom discussed in works on medical ethics: the exploitation of the patient, preventive versus disease treatment, ethical problems in medical education, drug abuse by physicians, the ethics of organized medicine, and some important but under-utilized roles of the physician.
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