Objections to Hospital Philosophers
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1985 Mar; 11(1): 42-46.
The authors consider the functions of philosophers as hospital staff members, and respond to the specific objections of redundancy of function and disruptiveness. They contend that hospital philosophers bring to hospital ethical decision making a wider range of principles, experience in detecting and reconciling conflicts of principle, and an outsider's objectivity. While the philosophers' intervention may temporarily disrupt routine, it will ultimately enhance staff morale and patient welfare. (KIE abstract)
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