Metamedicine

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 129–143

Ethical dimensions of diagnosis: A case study and analysis

Authors

  • Laurence B. McCullough
    • School of Medicine, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Division of Health and HumanitiesGeorgetown University
  • Charles E. Christianson
    • School of Medicine, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Division of Family PracticeGeorgetown University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00884418

Cite this article as:
McCullough, L.B. & Christianson, C.E. Metamedicine (1981) 2: 129. doi:10.1007/BF00884418
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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

DiagnosisPrognosisTreatmentValue judgmentsRisk-benefit judgmentsInformed consentPaternalismPatient-physician relationship

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1981