The Patient-Physician Relation

The Patient-Physician Relation

The Patient as Partner, Part 2
Veatch, Robert M.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/22/1991
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-36207-0
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1991

Throughout the past two decades, when medical ethics has had a renaissance, Robert Veatch has been a leading contributor to its dialogue and advance. This collection of his work shows the breadth and the cogency of his thinking.... it is a book worth having."—Journal of the American Medical Association

... a fascinating dissection of almost every aspect of the doctor-patient relationship.... strongly recommended reading for all health care workers interested in this rapidly evolving field."—Queen’s Quarterly

This outstanding discussion of important current medical issues is a valuable addition to academic and professional libraries." —Choice

... an important contribution to bioethics... certain to provoke controversy in the field."—Medical Humanities Review

Lucid and well-argued... " —Religious Studies Review

This book heralds the imminent demise of "doctor knows best." In it, Robert M. Veatch proposes a postmodern medicine in which decisions about patient care will routinely involve both doctor and patient—not only in ethically complex cases such as the termination of life-sustaining treatment, but in everyday care as well.

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Table of Contents


Part I. The Foundations of the Patient-Physician Relation
1. Models for Ethical Medicine in a Revolutionary Age
2. Medical Ethics: Professional or Universal?
3. The Physician as Stranger: The Ethics of the Anonymous Patient-Physician Relationship
4. Values in Routine Medical Decisions
5. The Concept of "Medical Indications"
6. The Principles for Medical Ethics

Part II. The Individual Professional-Patient Relation
7. Informed Consent: The Emergeing Norms
8. Malpractice in the Contract Mode
9. The Ethics of Generic Drug Use
10. Treatment INDs: The Right of Access to Experimental Drugs
11. Ethics of Drugs for Nonapproved Uses
12. When Should the Patient Know? The Death of the Therapeutic Privilege
13. An Unexpected Chronosome: Disclosure of Genetic Information
14. The Ethics of Dispensing Placebos
15. The Patient’s Right of Access to Medical Records
16. The Limits of Confidentiality: The Case of the Homosexual Husband
17. Patients’ Duties and Physicians’ Rights

Part III. The Social Professional-Patient Relation
18. Autonomy’s Temporary Triumph: On the Alleged Conflict between Autonomy and Justice
19. DRGs and the Ethics of Cost Containment
20. Justice and Economics: Care of the Terminally Ill, Persistently Vegetative, and Elderly
21. Voluntary Risks to Health: The Ethical Issues

Part IV. Special Problem Areas
22. The Ethics of Organ Transplantation
23. The Technical Criteria Fallacy: The Case of Spina Bifida
24. Limits of Guardian Treament Refusal: A Reasonableness Standard
25. "Do Not Resuscitate" Orders: An Ethical Analysis
26. The Ethics of Institutional Ethics Committees

Part V. The Future of the Partnership
27. Contemporary Bioethics and the Demise of Modern Medicine