The Ethics of Surgical Practice: Cases, Dilemmas, and Resolutions

Paperback | July 10, 2008

byJames W. Jones, Laurence B. McCullough, Bruce W. Richman

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Surgical ethics is the application of ethics to issues specific to surgery. This volume provides a collection of clinical case studies representing a wide range of the ethical issues surgeons confront today. It is an excellent text for teaching surgical ethics to surgical residents andmedical students and a fascinating read for practicing surgeons. It is intended to engage the reader into participating in evidence-based ethical conflicts. The authors escort us through 71 brief, realistic, and ethically complex problems, offering a series of five possible resolutions to each andguiding us through the relative benefits and weaknesses of the options until a best ethical choice is defended. The volume includes sections on Consent and Disclosure, Self-Regulation, Research and Innovation, Conflicts of Interest, Business Dealings, and End of Life Issues, each with a briefintroduction by the authors.

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Surgical ethics is the application of ethics to issues specific to surgery. This volume provides a collection of clinical case studies representing a wide range of the ethical issues surgeons confront today. It is an excellent text for teaching surgical ethics to surgical residents andmedical students and a fascinating read for practi...

James Jones is a Visiting Professor of Medical Ethics at the Baylor College of Medicine. Laurence McCullough is a Professor of Medical Ethics at the Baylor College of Medicine. Bruce Richman is retired from the Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Missouri's Medical School at Columbia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:July 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019532109X

ISBN - 13:9780195321098

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: A Primer on Surgical Ethics2. Informed Consent and Disclosure1. Painted into a Corner: Unexpected Complications in Treating a Jehovah's Witness2. A Patient Refuses Consent for Life-Saving Surgery3. Consent for an Intraoperative Video Recording3. Professional Self-Regulation11. What to Tell Patients Harmed by Other Physicians 12. Eye-Witness to Incompetent Surgery13. Military Physician's Ethical Response to Evidence of Torture4. Innovation and Research22. When Does Conventional Surgery Become Research?23. A Surgeon's Obligation When Performing New Procedures24. The Ethics of Innovative Approaches for Well-Established Procedures5. Conflicts of Interest and Conflicts of Commitment 33. Intentional Over-Treatment: The Unmentionable Conflict of Interest 34. Patient Responsibilities, Family Responsibilities 35. Non-Financial Conflicts of Interest6. The Ethics of Surgery as a Surgery 44. Ethics of Physician's Income 45. Ethics of Personal Advertising in Surgery 46. Ethics of Institutional Marketing: The Role of Physicians7. Medical Professionalism Challenges: Assaults from Within and Without56. Going Public with Amazing Cases: Fiat or Fiasco?57. Unprofessional Behavior the Disrupts: Crossing the Life58. My Brother's Keeper: Ethics of Uncompensated Care for Undocumented Immigrants8. End-of-Life Issues63. Futility and Surgical Intervention64. Advanced Age, Dementia, and an Abdominal Aneurysm: Intervene?65. Complying with Advance Directives in the OR66. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in a Death Row Inmate67. Telling the Truth About Terminal Diseases68. Arsenic and Old Lace: End of Life Care in the Post-Operative69. Training on Newly Deceased Patients70. Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Low-Burden Care71. Physician Assisted Suicide: Has it Come of Age?

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"This book is a needed addition to the growing body of work focused on a particular specialty in healthcare. It will be an invaluable tool for surgeons and those involved in the formation of future surgeons, not only as technicians, but as those charged with upholding the virtues which engender the trust of their patients."--Doody's - a 5 star review!