Metamedicine

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 129–143

Ethical dimensions of diagnosis: A case study and analysis

  • Laurence B. McCullough
  • Charles E. Christianson
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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 

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurence B. McCullough
    • 1
  • Charles E. Christianson
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Medicine, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Division of Health and HumanitiesGeorgetown UniversityWashington, D.C.USA
  2. 2.School of Medicine, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Division of Family PracticeGeorgetown UniversityWashington, D.C.USA

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