The Virtues in Medical Practice

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, Nov 11, 1993 - Medical - 224 pages
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.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Theory
3
The Link Between Virtues Principles and Duties
18
Medicine as a Moral Community
31
The Ends of Medicine and Its Virtues
51
The Virtues in Medicine
57
Fidelity to Trust
65
Compassion
79
Justice
92
Temperance
117
Integrity
127
SelfEffacement
144
How Does Virtue Make a Difference?
165
Can the Medical Virtues Be Taught?
175
Toward a Comprehensive Philosophy for Medicine
183
Index
199
Copyright

Fortitude
109

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 196 - John Rawls, A Theory of Justice (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press 1971...

About the author (1993)

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.

Bibliographic information