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Ward Ethics

Ward Ethics
Dilemmas for Medical Students and Doctors in Training

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  • Editors:
  • Thomasine K. Kushner, University of California, Berkeley
  • David C. Thomasma, Neiswanger Institute of Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Commentators: William Nelson, Paul B. Hofmann, Robert L. Schwartz, Neal Cohen, Amnon Goldworth, George Agich, Marli Huyer, William Andereck, Greg Larkin, Alan Steinbach, Francis Kane, Robyn Shapiro, Pablo Rodriquez Del Pozo, Kenneth V. Iserson, Michael Gross, Jonathan Wyatt, Barbara Supanich, David N. Weisstub, David Bennahum, Larry Schneiderman, Ben Rich, Jeffrey Burack, Richard Martinez, Rosamond Rhodes, Guy Micco, Mary Mahowald, Ruth Purtilo, Gerrit Kimsma, Emilio Mordini, Domeena Renshaw, Evert van Leeuwen, Jacquelyn Slomka, Harvey Weinstein, Griffin Trotter, Kate Christensen, Søren Holm, John Harris, Jean-Christophe Mino, James Weber, Carson Strong, Tod Chambers, Tom Cavanaugh, Bethany Spielman, Akira Akabayashi, Charles Weijer
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  • Date Published: June 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521664523

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  • The existing literature in medical ethics does not serve the practical needs of medical students and trainees very well, as the dilemmas posed are generally beyond their direct control, and being a student or junior doctor brings its own set of ethical concerns. The editors have addressed this need by compiling a series of case studies from around the world and inviting an international team of leading ethicists and clinicians to comment on them. Over 80 actual cases cover the range of possible problems a medical trainee may encounter on the ward, from drug and alcohol abuse, whistleblowing and improper sexual conduct to performing procedures, handling authority, disclosure, blaming, personal responses to patients, and misrepresentation of research. The book will be an essential guide on how to cope with the ethical dilemmas of those embarking on medical careers.

    • Case-based study with commentaries by the world's leading ethicists and clinicians
    • Edited by two of the leading authorities in the field
    • Covers the full range of ethical problems a medical trainee may encounter
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The book addresses a huge range of topics that will be familiar to many readers from performing procedures and the place of humour on the ward round to whistle blowing on colleagues - the list is exhaustive.' British Medical Journal

    'The mode of writing adds appeal and immediacy to the text. Authors frequently tell stories of difficulties during their own training … which complement the stories of the students and residents … much of the advice is wise and helpful, and the writers avoid platitudinous suggestions about standing up for 'the right' in the face of instructions from seniors and teachers … a very commendable and very complex piece of work, whose breadth, thoroughness, wisdom and practicality make it readable and valuable. Kushner and Thomasma are to be congratulated for addressing such an important, and usually occult, field of ethics. In this undertaking, trainees and students have found a voice.' Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

    '… this book would be a useful read for almost anyone concerned about the state of modern medical education … the cases are well organized, and each chapter is followed by discussion questions … physicians and medical trainees will identify with the scenarios discussed in this book. One common thread throughout these disparate and sad tales is the failure to meet rather obvious ethical and legal standards of high quality care.' The Left Atrium

    '… an excellent account of ethical issues in everyday clinical practice … Brilliant case studies … I would recommend it as a 'must' to anybody embarking on a medical career.' Nursing Ethics

    'Ward Ethics is also very suitable for trainee doctors, if not all doctors, and I would recommend it to anyone with the slightest interest in medical ethics.' Journal of Medical Ethics

    'I wish I had had access to a similar book to guide me at the time when I had to deal with these difficult, and sometimes unpleasant, situations. No doubt I would have made some wiser decisions.' Hong Kong Medical Journal

    'Ward Ethics presents a well-organised and broad overview of ethical dilemmas faced by medical students and junior doctors … the book remains a major step in dealing with the problem frequently neglected in the past … Ward Ethics is an important step in addressing this problem at its conception.' Progress in Palliative Care

    '… I think this book is excellent … this challenging book will improve the ward ethics of any reader.' Ethics & Medicine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521664523
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 251 x 186 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    About the editors
    Prologue: breaking the silence
    Letter to a young doctor Richard Selzer
    Part I. On Caring for Patients: Introduction
    Section I. Performing Procedures:
    1. The responsibility of informing
    2. Treating despite discomfort and self doubt
    3. Blaming the patient
    4. Breaking the code: is a promise always a promise? 5. The newly dead
    6. Asking for help: who is listening?
    Section II. Problems in Truthtelling:
    7. Omissions: failing to come forward
    8. Commissions: deliberate deception
    Section III. Setting Boundaries:
    9. From professional to personal
    10. Losing empathy
    11. The limits of compassion
    Part II. On Becoming a 'Team Player': Introduction
    Section IV. Abuse and Mistreatment:
    12. Psychological: subjected to humiliating and belittling behavior
    13. Physical abuse: actual physical harm
    14. Sexual abuse: sexist slurs and sexual advances
    Section V. Argot, Jargon, and Questionable Humor:
    15. Comedians: mordant humor and cynicism
    16. What's in a name?
    Section VI. Making Waves:
    17. Personal identity
    18. Duties to treat?
    19. Hierarchy and the dynamics of rank
    20. Conflicts of interest
    Section VII. Perceiving Misconduct and Whistleblowing:
    21. Abusing alcohol or drugs
    22. Mistreating patients
    23. Covering up
    24. Misrepresenting research
    Epilogue: using this book
    Glossary
    Index.

  • Editors

    Thomasine K. Kushner, University of California, Berkeley

    David C. Thomasma, Neiswanger Institute of Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

    Contributors

    Commentators: William Nelson, Paul B. Hofmann, Robert L. Schwartz, Neal Cohen, Amnon Goldworth, George Agich, Marli Huyer, William Andereck, Greg Larkin, Alan Steinbach, Francis Kane, Robyn Shapiro, Pablo Rodriquez Del Pozo, Kenneth V. Iserson, Michael Gross, Jonathan Wyatt, Barbara Supanich, David N. Weisstub, David Bennahum, Larry Schneiderman, Ben Rich, Jeffrey Burack, Richard Martinez, Rosamond Rhodes, Guy Micco, Mary Mahowald, Ruth Purtilo, Gerrit Kimsma, Emilio Mordini, Domeena Renshaw, Evert van Leeuwen, Jacquelyn Slomka, Harvey Weinstein, Griffin Trotter, Kate Christensen, Søren Holm, John Harris, Jean-Christophe Mino, James Weber, Carson Strong, Tod Chambers, Tom Cavanaugh, Bethany Spielman, Akira Akabayashi, Charles Weijer

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