Textbook of Medical Ethics

  • Erich H. Loewy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 235-252

About this book


When physicians in training enter their clinical years and first begin to become involved in clinical decision making, they soon find that more than the technical data they had so carefully learned is involved. Prior to that time, of course, they were aware that more than technology was involved in practicing medicine, but here, for the first time, the reality is forcefully brought home. It may be on the medical ward, when a patient or a patient's relatives ask that no further treatment be given and that the patient be allowed to die; it may be in ob/gyn, when a 4- or 5-month pregnant lady with two other children and just deserted by her husband pleads for an abortion; it may be in the outpatient setting, where patients unable to afford enough to eat cannot afford to buy antibiotics for their sick child or provide him or her with the recom­ mended diet. Whatever the setting, students soon find themselv. es con­ fronted with problems in which an answer is not given by the technical possibilities alone; indeed, students may have to face situations in which, all things considered, the use of these technical possibilities seems ill-advised. But choices need to be made. Some of us may choose to hide behind a mastery of technology.


Medical Ethics autonomy ethics health

Authors and affiliations

  • Erich H. Loewy
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Illinois College of Medicine at PeoriaPeoriaUSA
  2. 2.University of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-4481-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-4479-9
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