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

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

Copyright information

© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1981