Neurosurgical Ethics in Practice: Value-based Medicine

  • Ahmed Ammar
  • Mark Bernstein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction to Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ahmed Ammar
      Pages 3-10
    3. Adefolarin O. Malomo, Mark Bernstein
      Pages 11-21
    4. Ahmed Ammar, Mark Bernstein
      Pages 23-34
  3. Patients’ Rights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Ahmed Ammar, Geert Seynaeve
      Pages 37-51
    3. Patrick McDonald
      Pages 53-61
    4. Ta-Chih Tan, Ahmed Ammar
      Pages 63-72
    5. T. H. R. de Jong, Erwin J. O. Kompanje
      Pages 73-86
  4. End of Life Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. James Downar, Mark Bernstein
      Pages 89-99
    3. Yoko Kato, Michael Reid
      Pages 101-108
    4. Jeffrey M. Singh, Mark Bernstein
      Pages 109-120
  5. Neurosurgeons’ Duties

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Ahmed Ammar, Mark Bernstein
      Pages 123-134
    3. Mark Bernstein, Vijendra K. Jain
      Pages 135-146
    4. Daniel Mendelsohn, Mark Bernstein
      Pages 147-159
    5. Ross Upshur, Mark Bernstein
      Pages 161-169
    6. Karen M. Devon, Mark Bernstein
      Pages 171-179
    7. Nir Lipsman, Mark Bernstein
      Pages 181-190
    8. Erwin J. O. Kompanje, Mark Bernstein
      Pages 191-200
    9. Adefolarin O. Malomo, Mark Bernstein
      Pages 201-209
    10. George M. Ibrahim, Mark Bernstein
      Pages 211-221
  6. Neurosurgeons and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Patrick McDonald
      Pages 225-232
    3. George M. Ibrahim, Mark Bernstein
      Pages 233-242
    4. Ahmed Ammar
      Pages 243-254
    5. Tania DePellegrin, Mark Bernstein
      Pages 255-264
    6. Mark Bernstein
      Pages 265-275
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 277-286

About this book


Good neurosurgical practice is based not only on evidence, skills, and modern equipment, but also on good values. Young surgeons often learn about ethical behavior by observing the behavior of their teachers in different situations, but for several reasons, this is not enough. This book discusses the ethical issues that arise during the daily practice of neurosurgery. It will be especially informative for neurosurgeons, other surgeons, physicians, residents, medical students, and allied health care providers. The book is not a philosophical expose but an easily readable and highly practical road map on how to navigate ethically challenging situations in neurosurgical and other practice.


The book is divided into five parts addressing general issues, patients’ rights, end of life issues, neurosurgeons’ duties, and neurosurgeons and society. The contributing authors are well-established neurosurgeons and other doctors with long experience and from different backgrounds. They discuss ethical problems encountered in everyday practice, introduced by cases, and in all, there are more than 50 neurosurgical cases drawn from real life. The editors introduce in the title and throughout the book the term “value-based medicine” which reinforces that while modern medicine and surgery have come very far in technical aspects, the core of what we do must be based on the values embodied in bioethics.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ahmed Ammar
    • 1
  • Mark Bernstein
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of NeurosurgeryKing Fahd University Hospital, Dammam UniversityAl KhobarSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Division of NeurosurgeryToronto Western Hospital, University of TorontoTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-54979-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-54980-9
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