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Ethical Issues in Pediatric Psychopharmacology 

Ethical Issues in Pediatric Psychopharmacology
Ethical Issues in Pediatric Psychopharmacology

Mary Lynn Dell

, Brigette S. Vaughan

, and Christopher Kratochvil

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date: 01 December 2021

Chapter 52 discusses ethical issues in pediatric psychopharmacology, and cites how philosophers, theologians, and an increasing number of bioethicists point to the enduring importance of virtue ethics, even if only of secondary importance in many bioethical quandaries. The virtuous care provider strives to do no harm, respects the autonomy of persons, wants the best for others, and works for justice within the larger community. The contemporary virtue ethicist Pellegrino cites the importance of two virtues especially vital in the practice of child and adolescent psychiatry: integrity and compassion.

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