Surgical Ethics: Theory and Practice Background
What does it mean for a practicing surgeon to be “ethical”?
Where is “ethics” in the complexities of patient care?
Why do well-intentioned individuals come to conflicting judgments about what should be done?
What are patients and their families invited to trust?
When/why does trust break down in patient care?
When/how should patients and their families be involved in decision-making?
Why is it so hard to keep sense in care at life’s end?
Is concern for justice (ir)relevant at the bedside?
KeywordsEthics Respect Values Trust Fiduciary Non-maleficence Beneficence Self-determination Justice Integrity Informed consent Goals of care
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