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The Philosophy of Medicine Reborn: A Pellegrino Reader (ND Studies in Medical Ethics) 1st Edition

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“This remarkable book summarizes Edmund Pellegrino's writings by extracting several meaningful essays from his voluminous bibliography. These point to the dearth of humanities requirements for medical training and highlight the poverty of ethical considerations in medical decision-making. . . . Agree or disagree, this book needs to be read by all physicians, especially those whose education was devoid of philosophy. The editors have done an excellent job of offering a sage's viewpoint in an accessible form.” —Journal of American Medical Association



“Editors H. Tristam Engelhardt, Jr., and Fabrice Jotterand have carefully selected, organized, and interpreted the writings of Pellegrino, making them more accessible to students, scholars, physicians, and anyone generally interested in medical ethics. In almost a lecture style, the editors present an overview of each article, emphasizing the important developments in each, which will make this volume particularly useful as a teaching tool for a journal club or seminar course, or for anyone outside the field of bioethics looking for guidance on what to read.” —Quarterly Review of Biology 

About the Author

Edmund D. Pellegrino has been Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center since 2001. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, he has authored or co-authored twenty-four books and is the founding editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. In 2004, he was named to the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO, and in 2005 he became the chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics.   

H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., is professor, department of philosophy, at Rice University, and professor emeritus, department of medicine, Baylor College of Medicine.
 
Fabrice Jotterand is assistant professor of philosophy, University of Texas at Dallas, and assistant professor of psychiatry and of clinical sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
 
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Product Details

  • Series: ND Studies in Medical Ethics
  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1st edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268038341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268038342
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The physician-philosopher Edmund Pellegrino notes that contemporary medical ethics is too problematic to have the authority to accomplish the central task of ethics - providing guidance on how to act. Without a conception of an ultimate purpose or end for the human person, contemporary ethics is forced to focus on rights over goods, rules over virtue, and procedure over substance. Instead of focusing on the good of the patient, the focus is on how ethical decisions are to be made (e.g. medical surrogates, ethics committees). Additionally the unique aspects of patients like their illness, dependency, and possible deficits in capacitance are neglected in contemporary models of autonomy which Pellegrino writes, “often have their origins in the civil and human rights movement, rather than in an ontology of relations specific to medicine and healing.”

Pellegrino proposes a philosophy of medicine grounded in the telos, or purpose, of healing patients. This telos is rooted in the fundamental and timeless human experience of illness and the need for healing. His philosophy of medicine based on the telos of healing patients is well-founded. Unlike philosophical arguments about the end or purpose of the human person, the purpose of medicine can be agreed upon even in a modern pluralistic society. This enables one to craft an internal morality of medicine or that which is right to do for the sake of medicine itself which is palatable to all. Such is an Aristotelian project vitally important today.

Given that Pellegrino was a physician, most essays in this volume are accessible to someone in the healthcare field. A small handful are more philosophical, but this shouldn't stop anyone from attempting to understand his points. The forward is an excellent summary of all his work.
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Not easy to see Philosophy in Medicine. He did it, very well. Now, we lost his physical presence but your books still inspirational.
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