Clinical ethics as medical hermeneutics

  title={Clinical ethics as medical hermeneutics},
  author={D. Thomasma},
  journal={Theoretical Medicine},
  • D. Thomasma
  • Published 1994
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Theoretical Medicine
  • There are several branches of ethics. Clinical ethics, the one closest to medical decisionmaking, can be seen as a branch of medicine itself. In this view, clinical ethics is a unitary hermeneutics. Its rule is a guideline for unifying other theories of ethics in conjunction with the clinical context. Put another way, clinical ethics interprets the clinical situation in light of a balance of other values that, while guiding the decisionmaking process, also contributes to the very weighting of… CONTINUE READING
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