Autonomy and clinical medicine : renewing the health professional relation with the patient /
by Jurrit Bergsma and David C. Thomasma.
Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic, c2000.
xvii, 202 p. ; 25 cm.
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Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic, c2000.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [161]-174) and index.
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Bergsma (medical psychology, Loyola U. of Chicago) and Thomasma (medical ethics and philosophy, Loyola U. of Chicago) examine the difficulties of honoring the patient's and the patient's and the physician's autonomy, especially in light of the changes in health care worldwide. Like many professionals, they are dissatisfied with standard accounts of autonomy in bioethics and the philosophy of medicine, but rather than disregard it or downplay it as minor, they incorporate insights from both of their disciplines to construct a synthesis of the two around the identity of the sick, their capacities to be healed, and the capacities of the healers themselves.
Main Description
This book is the result of a long-standing clinical and educational cooperation between a medical psychologist (Bergsma) and a medical ethicist/philosopher (Thomasma). It is thoroughly interdisciplinary in its examination of the difficulties of honoring the patient's and the physician's autonomy, especially in light of the changes in health care worldwide today. Although autonomy has become the primary standard of bioethics, little has been done to link it to the ways people actually behave, nor to its roots in the healing relationship. Combining as it does the disciplines of psychology and philosophy, this book is a step in that direction.
Table of Contents
Dedicationp. v
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
The Dynamics of Autonomy
Autonomy as a Behavioral Conceptp. 3
Autonomy, Identity, and Physical Disruptionp. 23
Autonomy in the Doctor-Patient Encounterp. 45
Reflections on Autonomy
Modes of Autonomy: Psychology Meets Philosophyp. 77
Freedom and the Social Aspect of Medicinep. 89
Moving Beyond Autonomy to the Person with Illnessp. 103
Autonomy and Ethical Models of the Doctor-Patient Relationshipp. 121
Reconstituting the Doctor-Patient Encounterp. 145
Bibliographyp. 161
Indexp. 175
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