Ethics in Medicine: Are We Blind? in Support of Teaching Medical Ethics at the Bedside
Wiecha, John M.
Journal of Medical Humanities. 1991 Fall; 12(3): 111-117.
The ability to recognize and respond to the ethical dimension of medicine is integral to providing health care that is comprehensive and humane. However, this aspect of medical practice is underemphasized in clinical and academic medicine, despite attempts to devise curricula in this field. This paper examines the origins and consequences of this deficiency through a case history of a Jehovah's Witness who reluctantly accepted a blood transfusion. It emphasizes the ubiquity of the ethical context in medicine and argues that blindness to this context stems from the prevailing scientific and technological paradigm in medicine. Innovations in medical education are called for to enhance health care providers' abilities to appreciate and cope with these complex situations.
Blood; Blood Transfusions; Case Studies; Clinical Ethics; Curriculum; Disease; Education; Ethics; Health; Health Care; Iatrogenic Disease; Internship and Residency; Jehovah's Witnesses; Medical Education; Medical Ethics; Medicine; Patient Care; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Residency; Treatment Refusal; Values;
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