Stephen Scher and Kasia Kozlowska: Rethinking health care ethics
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Stephen Scher and Kasia Kozlowska have written an interesting and useful monograph that focuses on informal ethical discourse in teaching health care ethics and, building on trainees’ native ethical development, promotes the goal of their becoming responsive and responsible clinical practitioners. Scher, a lawyer with a PhD in moral and political philosophy who is currently a senior editor of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, writes from his experience teaching clinical ethics to medical residents at Harvard-affiliated hospitals in the 1980s. Kozlowska, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, Australia, writes from her experience dealing with ethical problem solving in an academic tertiary-care setting. The authors describe the audience for their book as anyone—doctor, nurse, social worker, psychologist, or other health care professional—who has “experienced a discrepancy” between her or his own ethical thinking and the thinking one...
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