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Metamedicine

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 129-143

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Ethical dimensions of diagnosis: A case study and analysis

  • Laurence B. McCulloughAffiliated withSchool of Medicine, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Division of Health and Humanities, Georgetown University
  • , Charles E. ChristiansonAffiliated withSchool of Medicine, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Division of Family Practice, Georgetown University

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Abstract

A rational reconstruction of the role of moral values in diagnostic reasoning is undertaken. In the context of a case study it is shown how value and ethical considerations come into play in the complex course of making diagnostic and therapeutic decisions.

Key words

Diagnosis Prognosis Treatment Value judgments Risk-benefit judgments Informed consent Paternalism Patient-physician relationship