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Human Studies

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 99–116 | Cite as

Afterword

  • Richard M. Zaner
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Abstract

In an overview of the essays in this project, a number of clinical ethics issues receive emphasis. (1) One cluster concerns the ethical concerns presented within the relationship between the providers (doctor, nurse, etc.) and patient (and family), as distinct from those associated with being a clinical ethics consultant invited into a situation to assist. (2) Distinct from these are ethical issues intrinsic to the ways in which clinical encounters are variously written about (from chart notes to published articles). (3) Finally, there is a set of issues connected with the major characteristics of clinical encounters, in view of which it is imperative to be specifically attentive to the fine details and complex interactions among patient, doctor, family, and others, within a specific social context. Keeping these matters in mind helps to clarify the differences between consulting (talking and listening) and writing about consultations, as well as among the various kinds of writing about clinical encounters.

Keywords

Social Context Complex Interaction Ethic Issue Political Philosophy Ethical Concern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard M. Zaner
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  1. 1.Medical Center, Center for Clinical and Research EthicsVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleU.S.A

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