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Medical ethics 

Medical ethics

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Medical ethics
Author(s):

Tony Hope

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.0202

November 30, 2011: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 23 June 2017

Medicine is a moral enterprise as well as a scientific one. It is as important to give reasons for the ethical aspects as it is for the scientific aspects of a decision. The corollary of evidence-based medicine is reason-based ethics.

Two concepts central to many ethical aspects of clinical practice are autonomy and best interests....

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