From the Patient's Point of View: Medial Ethics and the Moral Imagination
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1991 Dec; 17(4): 173-178.
This paper concerns the difficulties of imagining the subjective point of view of another human being, and the relevance of these difficulties to medical decisions. It explores especially the difficulties of imagining the experience of the mentally impaired, and examines several standards for decision-making: the "prior expressed wishes standard", the "substituted judgement standard", and the "best interests standard".
Advance Directives; Anencephaly; Beginning of Life; Competence; Comprehension; Consent; Decision Making; Dementia; Embryos; Ethics; Human Characteristics; Informed Consent; Life; Newborns; Normality; Patient Care; Persistent Vegetative State; Personhood; Physician Patient Relationship; Quality of Life; Self Concept; Social Interaction; Standards;
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