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Arthur H. Parsons and Patricia Houlihan Parsons
Every day in hospitals,
clinics, and medical offices, health professionals confront ethical
problems ranging from relatively simple to extremely complex. The amazing
advances in technology that save so many lives have also created serious
ethical problems, such as how to allocate increasingly scarce resources,
support patient autonomy, maintain confidentiality, and define life and
death. And in facing many difficult dilemmas of modern medicine, health
care workers must also consider how to balance the needs of the individual
patient with the needs of society.
This practical text
explores the nature of many current ethical dilemmas, clarifies the
underlying issues, discusses the practical application of ethical
principles to health care situations, and offers sensible guidance to aid
in the decision-making process.
In every encounter
with a patient there is a component which is medical or physiological in
nature, but there is also a more important component that is neither.
That element is the value systems that both you and your patient bring to
the relationship, independent of one another. Further, your own
understanding of relationships in general and communication in particular
will affect the outcome of that encounter and determine how much the
patient will trust you. A careful consideration of the modern wedges that
threaten to widen the gap between caregiver and patient is necessary to
the continued development of our abilities to deliver humane and
Paperback, 208 pages
Published in 1992.
$29.50 (Cdn), $24.95 (US)
Arthur H. Parsons, B.Sc., M.D., is a family
physician in Halifax,
Nova Scotia. He formerly
chaired the Ethics Committee of the Canadian Medical Association for 10
Patricia Houlihan Parsons, B.N., M.Sc., is Assistant Professor of Public
Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University
in Halifax, Nova Scotia. With past experience in
both nursing administration and education, she currently specializes in
communication about complex medical issues.
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