Professional Ethics and Primary Care Medicine

Beyond Dilemmas and Decorum

Professional Ethics and Primary Care Medicine
Book Pages: 126 Illustrations: Published: October 1985

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Medicine and Health > Medical Humanitites

This volume moves beyond ethics as problem-solving or ethics as etiquette to offer a look at ethics in primary care—as opposed to life-or-death—medical care. Professional Ethics and Primary Care Medicine deals with the ethics of routine, day-to-day encounters between doctors and patients. It probes beneath the hard decisions to look at the moral frameworks, habits of thought, and customs of practice that underlie choices. Harmon Smith and Larry Churchill argue that primary care, far from being merely a setting for the rendering of care, provides a new understanding of both physician and patient, and thereby offers a fresh basis for medical ethics.

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Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1. Primary Care: A Moral Notion 7

2. Ethics and Professionalism 21

3. Moral Imagination and Medicine 45

4. Case Studies in Primary Care 69

5. Primary Care and Social Justice 85

Notes 109

Index 115
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-0540-8 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-0521-7
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