Comments on John Ladd’s ‘the Good Doctor and the Medical Care of Children’

  • Stuart F. Spicker
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 33)


John Ladd’s paper explores two important questions: What properly constitutes the principal aim of medicine and of the good doctor? Is there something about the medical care of patients, especially children, that requires special non-technical qualities? Frequently, answers to these questions focus on medical traditions. Ladd, however, turns to the domain of moral philosophy. I shall not iterate Ladd’s analyses and conclusions, but merely discuss a few issues which, I hope, will stimulate further reflections.


Virtue Ethic Moral Philosophy Moral Virtue Moral Community Medical Tradition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart F. Spicker
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  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of Connecticut Health CenterFarmington

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