Ethics, Law, and Medical Practice

By Kerry J. Breen; Vernon D. Plueckhahn et al. | Go to book overview
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Foreword by the Hon. Justice Kirby AC CMGxi
List of tablesxvii
1 Introduction to ethical principles in medicine3

· What are ethics? · Modern codes of medical ethics · Upholding ethical codes of conduct--The mutability of medical ethics--The law and medical ethics in conflict · A framework for discussing medical ethics · Qualities of an 'ethical' doctor--Veracity--Privacy and confidentiality--Fidelity/ trustworthiness/integrity--Other desirable qualities · The rights of patients--Ethics beyond the doctor-patient relationship · Conflicts between ethical principles--Autonomy v. beneficence--Autonomy v. non-maleficence · Ethics and limited resources · References · Additional reading

2 Communication skills16

· Why some doctors are poor communicators--Skills used in communication · Effective communication--Putting the patient at ease--Effective listening--Lack of time--The physical examination--Concluding the consultation · Special situations--Medico--legal examinations--Transcultural issues and interpreters--Touching patients--Sex and sexuality--Talking with the dying--Doctors and other health care professionals as patients · The importance of written communication · Limitations of the Western medical model · References · Additional reading


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