ethics RQ18 - justice The requisite virtues to the mantra...

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Jason Lim Ethics Reading Questions #18 1. There's an important emphasis on professionalism in all of these codes, that the physician should behave in the best interests of the patient. This attitude changes however when patients ask to be killed through medicinal means. So one could say that a physician must always act in such a way to preserve the patient's life. Being unbiased and having no prejudices is also a key factor in these medical codes; a physician must serve those who come to his office. I am surprised that there is an oath specifically for Muslim physicians, as I do not think there is such a thing for Christians. 2. Orr highlights the notion that the Hippocratic oath is one that is self-serving rather than serving the patients. Following the Christian tradition, physicians have a duty to respond to someone in need, even at a cost to themselves. 3. The mantra of the modern medical ethicist consists of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and
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Unformatted text preview: justice. The requisite virtues to the mantra are prohibiting the exploitation of patients, the demand for the following of the Hippocratic oath while embracing the compassion and non-discrimination values of the Christian tradition. Physicians must also serve others before serving themselves. 4. His main overall question was in regards to what virtues physicians themselves should have, rather than focusing on how they should behave. Following the Christian tradition, the ideal physician should have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Orr does not really explain how one gets these values though. He just throws these values out to his audience after explaining how the medical field has done a poor job of developing professionalism in new doctors....
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