Journals Higher Education



Published: 16 September 2004

344 Pages

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

ISBN: 9780195169768

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Disrupted Dialogue

Medical Ethics and the Collapse of Physician-Humanist Communication (1770-1980)

Robert M. Veatch

Medical ethics changed dramatically in the past 30 years because physicians and humanists actively engaged each other in discussions that sometimes led to confrontation and controversy, but usually have improved the quality of medical decision-making. Before then, medical ethics had been isolated for almost two centuries from the larger philosophical, social, and religious controversies of the time. Only in the past three decades has the dialogue resumed as physicians turned to humanists for help just when humanists wanted their work to be relevant to real-life social problems. The book tells the critical story of how the breakdown in communication between physicians and humanists occurred and how it was repaired when new developments in medicine together with a social revolution forced the leaders of these two fields to resume their dialogue.