Journals Higher Education

$32.95

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04 November 2008

304 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195313727


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Patient, Heal Thyself

How the "New Medicine" Puts the Patient in Charge

Robert Veatch

Robert Veatch, one of the founding fathers of contemporary bioethics, sheds light on a fundamental change sweeping through the American health care system, a change that puts the patient in charge of treatment to an unprecedented extent. The change is in how we think about medical decision-making. Whereas medicine's core idea was that medical decisions should be based on the hard facts of science--the province of the doctor--the "new medicine" contends that medical decisions impose value judgments. Since physicians are not trained to make value judgments, the pendulum has swung greatly toward the patient.

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