, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 196-199
Date: 21 Jul 2009

What Would a Good Doctor Do? Reflections on the Ethics of Medicine

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Abstract

Ethical challenges are prevalent in modern-day medicine. Whether arising in the daily practice of medicine, in the conduct of research, or in our educational practices, physicians need to understand the relevance ethics plays in our professional lives. This paper examines the ethical foundations of medical ethics, suggests qualities that define optimal professionalism, and frames the discussion employing two hypothetic case presentations.

This paper was prepared for presentation at the Hospital for Special Surgery Alumni Meeting, November 15, 2008.
The author certifies that he has no commercial associations (e.g., consultancies, stock ownership, equity interest, patent/licensing arrangements, etc.) that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article.