Surgical Ethics

Principles and Practice

  • Alberto R. Ferreres

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Principles and Foundations of Surgical Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Georgina D. Campelia, Denise M. Dudzinski
      Pages 3-15
    3. Jukes P. Namm, Cassandra C. Krause
      Pages 17-26
    4. Alberto R. Ferreres
      Pages 45-52
    5. E. Christopher Ellison
      Pages 53-73
    6. Steven M. Steinberg, Andrew L. Warshaw
      Pages 75-84
    7. Charles W. Kimbrough, Timothy M. Pawlik
      Pages 85-96
    8. Alberto R. Ferreres
      Pages 97-101
    9. Richard Jacobson, Laurel Mulder, John Alverdy
      Pages 109-120
    10. Judith C. French, R. Matthew Walsh
      Pages 121-132
    11. Jonathan K. Chica, Jason D. Keune
      Pages 133-138
    12. Anji E. Wall
      Pages 149-157
  3. Surgical Ethics in Everyday Surgical Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. H. Alejandro Rodriguez, Carlos A. Pellegrini
      Pages 171-178
    3. Christian J. Vercler, Sagar S. Deshpande
      Pages 193-201
    4. Miguel A. Caínzos, Salustiano Gonzalez-Vinagre
      Pages 203-216
    5. Rosa Angelina Pace, Susana Ciruzzi, Alberto R. Ferreres
      Pages 231-238
    6. Karen Brasel, Mary Condron
      Pages 239-248
    7. Maria S. Altieri, Aurora D. Pryor
      Pages 249-256
    8. Amtul R. Carmichael, Kerstin Sandelin
      Pages 257-264
    9. Imventarza Oscar Cesar, Rojas Luis Daniel
      Pages 265-270
    10. Richard I. Whyte, Douglas E. Wood
      Pages 271-281
    11. Edward E. Cho, D. Rohan Jeyarajah
      Pages 283-293
    12. Antonio J. Torres, Oscar Cano-Valderrama, Inmaculada Domínguez-Serrano
      Pages 295-303
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 313-317

About this book


This book encompasses the theoretical and practical aspects of surgical ethics, with a focus on the application of ethical standards to everyday surgical practice and the resolution of ethical conflicts in the surgical arena.  It provides surgeons (both prospective and practicing) in the different surgical fields with deep, practical insights into the topic.

 A 21st century surgeon requires complete competence (superb clinical skills, expert surgical decision-making and outstanding performance and technical skills) as well as solid ethical values. Ethics are placed at the core of surgical professionalism, so  surgeons must be not only proficient and expert but also ethically and morally reliable. Surgical decision-making can be considered as a two-step process: the “how to treat” aspect is a matter of surgical science, while “why to treat” issues are a matter of surgical ethics and are based on ethical principles. As such, every surgeon should have a moral compass to guide his or her actions, always placing the welfare and rights of the patients above their own. The book provides invaluable background and insights for solving the ethical conflicts surgeons around the globe encounter in their daily practice.

Surgical Ethics - Principles and Practice is an authoritative work in the field designed for experienced surgeons, surgical residents, and fellows, all of whom are  confronted with ethics issues and conflicts in practice.


Surgery Surgical ethics Bioethics Ethical conflicts Surgeon-patient relationship Ethical professionalism Surgical Professionalism Physician-patient relationship Moral

Editors and affiliations

  • Alberto R. Ferreres
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina

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