The virtues in medical practice
Pellegrino, E. D., & Thomasma, D. C. The virtues in medical practice. New York: Oxford University Press US, 1993.
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 theory of 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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