Worthington Hooker on ethics in clinical medicine

  • Tom L. Beauchamp
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 49)


Throughout ancient, medieval, and modern medicine, the physician’s moral obligations and virtues have been conceived primarily through professional commitments to provide care, expressed as fundamental obligations of beneficence. The physician must maximize the patient’s medical benefits above all competing obligations. Practices of truthtelling, confidentiality, and all aspects of patient care are, from this perspective, governed by a beneficence model of primary responsibility.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom L. Beauchamp
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  1. 1.the Joseph and Rose Kennedy Institute of EthicsGeorgetown UniversityWashington, D.C.

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