A Short History of Medical Ethics by Albert R. Jonsen
Oxford University Press; 1 edition | January 15, 2000 | English | ISBN: 0195134559 | 153 pages | PDF | 7 MB
A physician says, "I have an ethical obligation never to cause the death of a patient," another responds, "My ethical obligation is to relieve pain even if the patient dies." The current argument over the role of physicians in assisting patients to die constantly refers to the ethical duties of the profession. References to the Hippocratic Oath are often heard. Many modern problems, from assisted suicide to accessible health care, raise questions about the traditional ethics of medicine and the medical profession. However, few know what the traditional ethics are and how they came into being.