Learning to Do No Harm
Gillett, Grant R.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1993 Jun; 18(3): 253-268.
The legalisation of euthanasia creates a certain tension when it is compared with those traditional medical principles that seem to embody respect for the sanctity of life. It also creates a real need for us to explore what we mean by harm in relation to dying patients. When we consider that we must train physicians so that they not only understand ethical issues but also show the virtues in their clinical practice, it becomes important for us to strive to train them in virtue rather than mere knowledge. We can only do this by conveying a real sense of the needs of the patient and an ability to relate to patients as people not problems. Such attitudes take shape in a training programme in which practical situations are explored and discussed and the limits of scientific medical responses to those challenges are exposed.
Active Euthanasia; Attitudes; Caring; Codes of Ethics; Communication; Decision Making; Do No Harm; Dying Patients; Education; Empathy; Ethics; Euthanasia; Harm; Knowledge; Life; Medical Education; Medical Ethics; Methods; Morality; Motivation; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Public Policy; Sanctity of Life; Teaching Methods; Terminal Care; Uncertainty; Value of Life; Virtues; Voluntary Euthanasia;
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