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Medical Ethics

By Mark G. Kuczewski, Ronald Polansky

ISBN-10: 0262611775

ISBN-13: 9780262611770

In recent times, bioethicists have labored on executive commissions, on ethics committees in hospitals and nursing houses, and as bedside experts. simply because moral wisdom is predicated on event in the box instead of on common theoretical propositions, it truly is open to feedback for its loss of theoretical beginning. as soon as within the sanatorium, notwithstanding, ethicists famous the level to which clinical perform itself mixed the certitudes of technology with craft sorts of wisdom. as a way to forge a center course among natural technological know-how and utilized scientific and moral wisdom, bioethicists grew to become to the paintings of classical philosophy, specifically the subject of a pragmatic knowledge that involves a variable wisdom of details. during this publication modern bioethicists and students of old philosophy discover the import of classical ethics on such urgent bioethical matters as controlled care, euthanasia, suicide, and abortion. even if the members write in the limits in their personal disciplines, via move references and counterarguments they interact in fruitful discussion.

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Physicians had to clarify their interest in the bodies of the sick while reassuring the patients and their attendants that they were not going to make any sexual advances or in any other way take advantage of the afflicted or their household members. They also needed to teach the ill and their attendants how to conduct and report their own bodily observations that were required for appropriate application of the art. Thus, establishing trust was not merely an outcome or product of the Hippocratic prognostic art but also a means to proper prognostic.

Edelstein argues that philosophy laid the intellectual groundwork for medicine (1967, 349–366). We should look instead at the close interactive relationship that must have existed between the writing and practices of the Hippocratics and that of their philosopher contemporaries. I am experimenting with a double reading of texts to eliminate both dichotomies: physician versus patient and philosopher versus physician. In addition to the outlook of the writer as physician, my aim is to glean from the Hippocratic writings what is revealed about the concerns of the sick person.

Remembering the Hippocratics 21 14. Edelstein 1967, 70 claims that application of the art of prognosis helped the Hippocratic physicians build and maintain reputations. He concludes that “prognosis and prediction [were] consequently of significance for people, for the physician and for the patient, and only thereby for the curing of the disease itself. In the therapeutic procedure prognosis [was] therefore important not as knowledge from which to derive other knowledge; its importance [was] psychological” (author’s italics).

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