Doctors and Ethics

Doctors and Ethics : The Historical Setting of Professional Ethics

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Medical ethics has been a constant adjunct of Western medicine from its origins in Greek times. Although the Hippocratic Oath has been intensely studied, until recently there has been very little historical work on medical ethics between the Oath and Thomas Percival's Medical Ethics of 1803, which is commonly thought of as the first treatise on modern medical ethics. This volume brings together original research which throws new light on how standards of behaviour for medical practitioners were articulated in the different religious, political and social as well as medical contexts from the classical period until the nineteenth century. Its ten essays will place the early history of medical ethics into the framework of the new social and intellectual history of medicine that has been developed in the last ten years.
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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 155 x 230 x 22.86mm | 635.03g
  • Editions Rodopi B.V.
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 9051835531
  • 9789051835533

Table of contents

Vivian NUTTON: Beyond the Hippocratic Oath. Luis GARCIA BALLESTER: Medical Ethics in Transition in the Latin Medicine of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries: New Prospects on the Physician-Patient Relationship and the Doctor's Fee. Roger FRENCH: The Medical Ethics of Gabriele de Zerbi. Andrew WEAR: Medical Ethics in Early Modern England. Ole GRELL: Conflicting Duties: Plague and the Obligations of Early Modern Physicians Towards Patients and Commonwealth in England and The Netherlands. Roger FRENCH: Ethics in the Eighteenth Century: Hoffmann in Halle. Johanna GEYER-KORDESCH: Infanticide and Medico-legal Ethics in Eighteenth Century Prussia. Andreas-Holger MAEHLE: The Ethical Discourse on Animal Experimentation, 1650-1900. Roy PORTER: Thomas Gisborne: Physicians, Christians and Gentlemen. Michael CLARK: Does a Certificate of Lunacy Affect a Patient's Ethical Status? Psychiatric Paternalism and its Critics in Victorian England.
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