What Would a Good Doctor Do? Reflections on the Ethics of Medicine
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- MacKenzie, C.R. HSS Jrnl (2009) 5: 196. doi:10.1007/s11420-009-9126-7
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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.