Download e-book for kindle: Bioethics and the Humanities: Attitudes and Perceptions by Robin Downie, Jane Macnaughton

By Robin Downie, Jane Macnaughton

ISBN-10: 0203945026

ISBN-13: 9780203945025

ISBN-10: 1844720535

ISBN-13: 9781844720538

Critiquing many parts of scientific perform and examine when making confident feedback approximately scientific schooling, this e-book extends the scope of scientific ethics past sole drawback with regulation.

Illustrating a few humanistic methods of figuring out sufferers, this quantity explores the connections among clinical ethics, healthcare and topics, akin to philosophy, literature, inventive writing and scientific heritage and the way they could have an effect on the attitudes of medical professionals in the direction of sufferers and the perceptions of medication, overall healthiness and illness that have develop into a part of modern tradition.

The authors study a number principles in scientific perform and study, including:

  • the concept that sufferer prestige or the doctor/patient courting will be understood through quantitative scales
  • the phantasm fostered through scientific ethics that medical professionals, not like these in different professions, are uniquely beneficent and certainly altruistic.

An very good textual content for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of legislation, scientific ethics and clinical healthcare legislation, Bioethics and the Humanities indicates the genuine moral achievements, difficulties and half-truths of up to date medicine.

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We shall sum this up by saying that the humanities enable us to develop a mind of our own. 25 There are two elements in it which we shall call independence of mind and individuality of mind. Independence of mind is shown in the kind of support and justification a person might offer for a belief. In more detail, independent-minded persons exhibit three qualities. First, their beliefs, medical and otherwise, are based on evidence or argument. This sweeping statement must of course be qualified and developed.

Ethics in this sense 2 Toulmin S, ‘How medicine saved the life of ethics’, in Downie RS (ed), Medical Ethics, 1996, Aldershot and Brookfield USA: Dartmouth, Chapter 2. Moral philosophy and bioethics 33 is regulatory for the profession. Ethical regulation of this sort is important for it provides some of the principles which underlie professional activity across cultural and national boundaries. It is worth stressing the difference between the second broad sense of ethics, as the value judgements of everyday life, and the narrow sense which refers simply to the specific items of professional regulation.

For example, Wordsworth and Coleridge, in their Preface to the Lyrical ballads of 1803, said that in their poetry they intended to remove the film of familiarity 26 De Bono E, Lateral Thinking, 1990, London: Penguin Books. 27 Wittgenstein, L, Philosophical Investigations, 1953, Oxford: Blackwell, paragraph 309. 28 The person of individual mind can make us appreciate afresh what we already know. For example, the arts might help a doctor to look afresh at patients, when after some years they have acquired an anonymous sameness.

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