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Audrey Eichenberger

on 20 April 2010

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What are medical ethics? Imagine that you are a physician... medical ethics may be personally altered by one's... beneficence- practitioners act in best interest of pations
non-maleficence- at all times, work to do no harm culture
EX: Indian doctors deny treatment to the"untouchables"
EX: Religious doctors deny pap tests to young women
values (greed)
EX: Doctors exaggerate the extent of diseases, so that
they can recommend more complicated treatments, and,
thus make more money
EX: Grey's Anatomy clip

Declaration of Professional Responsibility- allows physicians to take an oath, so that they may promise to remain truthful within all of their practices

Given this information, do you think legal responsibilities observed and oaths taken by physicians are substantial enough to block the passage of individual beliefs and values into the opinionative process of treating health issues?
How might the values, cultures, and religious truths, which are oftentimes depicted as inflicting harm upon successful treatments, be merely excuses for individuals that were unhappy with the results of their treatments to complain about?

Would the medical field benefit from getting rid of physicians, altogether, and replacing them with mechanical equipment that would inform patients of all treatment options, so that humanistic values, cultures, and religious truths no longer stand in the way of the patient’s options? In your perspective, do individual biases commonly hinder the effectiveness of a doctor’s recommendations and, even if they do, is it possible to simply disregard the partiality for the sake of medical ethics and occupational professionalism?
"Only one rule in medical ethics need concern you - that action on your part which best conserves the interests of your patient."

-Martin H. Fischer
TOK knowledge issue To what extent do such humanistic aspects as personal values, cultures, and truths affect one’s own sense of ethics when treating interpreted health problems, and essentially harm the healing process, altogether?
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