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Confessions of a medicine man : an essay in popular philosophy / Alfred I. Tauber.

Author/Creator:
Tauber, Alfred I., author.
Publication:
Cambridge, Massachusetts : MIT Press, 1999.
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Book
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Subjects:
Medical ethics.
Medicine -- Philosophy.
Physician and patient -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
A physician/philosopher uses anecdotes, historical narrative, and philosophical concepts to draw a moral portrait of the doctor-patient relationship."My mission is to analyze medicines ethical structure. I do so as both a physician and a philosopher. Of my two voices, it is the latter that is informed by the former ... As a physician I have sought professional solutions to the frustrations of fighting a medical system that has become increasingly hostile to my standards of care for my patients; as a philosopher I will explore here the ethical issues I believe are the root of our predicament."--The introduction. In Confessions of a Medicine Man, Alfred Tauber probes the ethical structure of contemporary medicine in an argument accessible to lay readers, healthcare professionals, and ethicists alike. Through personal anecdote, historical narrative, and philosophical discussion, Tauber composes a moral portrait of the doctor-patient relationship. In a time when discussion has focused on market forces, he seeks to show how our basic conceptions of health, the body, and most fundamentally our very notion of selfhood frame our experience of illness. Arguing against an ethics based on a presumed autonomy, Tauber presents a relational ethic that must orient medical science and a voracious industry back to their primary moral responsibility: the empathetic response to the call of the ill.
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Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Description based on print version record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
0-585-00344-0
0-262-28469-3
OCLC:
990463233