Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Stephen Scher, Kasia Kozlowska
    Pages 1-11 Open Access
  3. Stephen Scher, Kasia Kozlowska
    Pages 13-30 Open Access
  4. Stephen Scher, Kasia Kozlowska
    Pages 31-44 Open Access
  5. Stephen Scher, Kasia Kozlowska
    Pages 45-56 Open Access
  6. Stephen Scher, Kasia Kozlowska
    Pages 57-70 Open Access
  7. Stephen Scher, Kasia Kozlowska
    Pages 71-81 Open Access
  8. Stephen Scher, Kasia Kozlowska
    Pages 83-94 Open Access
  9. Stephen Scher, Kasia Kozlowska
    Pages 95-112 Open Access
  10. Stephen Scher, Kasia Kozlowska
    Pages 113-137 Open Access
  11. Stephen Scher, Kasia Kozlowska
    Pages 139-155 Open Access
  12. Stephen Scher, Kasia Kozlowska
    Pages 157-164 Open Access
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 165-169

About this book


​The goal of this open access book is to develop an approach to clinical health care ethics that is more accessible to, and usable by, health professionals than the now-dominant approaches that focus, for example, on the application of ethical principles. The book elaborates the view that health professionals have the emotional and intellectual resources to discuss and address ethical issues in clinical health care without needing to rely on the expertise of bioethicists. The early chapters review the history of bioethics and explain how academics from outside health care came to dominate the field of health care ethics, both in professional schools and in clinical health care. The middle chapters elaborate a series of concepts, drawn from philosophy and the social sciences, that set the stage for developing a framework that builds upon the individual moral experience of health professionals, that explains the discontinuities between the demands of bioethics and the experience and perceptions of health professionals, and that enables the articulation of a full theory of clinical ethics with clinicians themselves as the foundation. Against that background, the first of three chapters on professional education presents a general framework for teaching clinical ethics; the second discusses how to integrate ethics into formal health care curricula; and the third addresses the opportunities for teaching available in clinical settings. The final chapter, "Empowering Clinicians", brings together the various dimensions of the argument and anticipates potential questions about the framework developed in earlier chapters.


Medicine Nursing Clinical ethics Professional ethics Social work Open Access Clinical psychology Health care Thinking Bioethics Values Professional education Moral philosophy Postmodernism Socialization Arts-based learning Decision making Mental health Organizational health Organizational culture

Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen Scher
    • 1
  • Kasia Kozlowska
    • 2
  1. 1.McLean HospitalDepartment of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Disciplines of Child & Adolescent Health, and of PsychiatryUniversity of Sydney Medical SchoolSydneyAustralia

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