The Hippocratic Myth

The Hippocratic Myth

Why Doctors Are Under Pressure to Ration Care, Practice Politics, and Compromise Their Promise to Heal

Book - 2011 | 1st edition
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"When we're ill, we put our trust in doctors who promise to put our well-being first and pledge to do us no harm. But medicine's expanding capabilities and soaring costs threaten to make this commitment obsolete. Increasingly, warns Gregg Bloche, society is calling upon physicians to ration care and to put their skills to use on behalf of insurance companies, hospital bureaucrats, government officials, and courts of law. Doctors have increasingly answered this call, putting patient trust and health at risk, while endangering citizens' liberty and privacy. In this book, Dr. Bloche evocatively communicates the tensions and emotions of doctors and patients as he takes on a wide variety of complex ethical situations, including how: - doctors have double agendas, as caregivers and arbiters of cost, compromising their ability to prioritize patient needs - medicine has become a weapon in America's internal fight over such matters as abortion, assisted suicide, and the rights of gays and lesbians - doctors d
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
Edition: 1st edition
ISBN: 9780230603738
0230603734
Branch Call Number: 362.1042 B6204H 2011
Characteristics: viii, 264 pages ; 25 cm

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