The Virtues in Medical Practice

Hardcover | November 1, 1993

byEdmund D. Pellegrino, David C. Thomasma

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In recent years, virtue theories have enjoyed a renaissance of interest among general and medical ethicists. This book offers a virtue-based ethic for medicine, the health professions, and health care. Beginning with a historical account of the concept of virtue, the authors construct a theoryof the place of the virtues in medical practice. Their theory is grounded in the nature and ends of medicine as a special kind of human activity. The concepts of virtue, the virtues, and the virtuous physician are examined along with the place of the virtues of trust, compassion, prudence, justice,courage, temperance, and effacement of self-interest in medicine. The authors discuss the relationship between and among principles, rules, virtues, and the philosophy of medicine. They also address the difference virtue-based ethics makes in confronting such practical problems as care of the poor,research with human subjects, and the conduct of the healing relationship. This book with the author's previous volumes, A Philosophical Basis of Medical Practice and For the Patient's Good, are part of their continuing project of developing a coherent moral philosophy of medicine.

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In recent years, virtue theories have enjoyed a renaissance of interest among general and medical ethicists. This book offers a virtue-based ethic for medicine, the health professions, and health care. Beginning with a historical account of the concept of virtue, the authors construct a theoryof the place of the virtues in medical prac...

Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D., is John Carroll Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics at Georgetown University. David C. Thomasma, Ph.D., is director of the Medical Humanities Program at Loyola University of Chicago.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 6.3 × 9.49 × 0.75 inPublished:November 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195082893

ISBN - 13:9780195082890

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Table of Contents

PART I: Theory1. Virtue Theory2. The Link Between Virtues, Principles, Duties3. Medicine as a Moral Community4. The Ends of Medicine and its VirtuesPART II: The Virtues in Medicine5. Fidelity to Trust6. Compassion7. Phronesis: The Indispensable Virtue of Medicine8. Justice9. Fortitude10. Temperance11. Integrity12. Self-EffacementPART III: The Practice of Virtue13. How Does Virtue Make a Difference?14. Can the Medical Virtues be Taught?15. Postscript: An Integral Medical Ethics

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"This is a very interesting book, which investigates in a clear manner the ethical problems of contemporary medicine from a virtue ethics point of view....The book is clearly written, well structured and well argued. It is an extremely valuable addition to the literature on the ethics ofnursing....It is a book that will enrich the intellectual and moral awareness of all nurses working directly with their patients and clients."--Nursing Ethics