Doing Right: A Practical Guide to Ethics for Medical Trainees and Physicians

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Doing Right is a brief and practical introduction to medical ethics for physicians and medical trainees (students, interns, residents). It eschews most jargon and instead concentrates on the concepts, issues and ethical-legal precedents that health care practitioners in Canada need to be familiar with to practice medicine in an acceptable way. The book uses many real-life cases -- some simple, some challenging -- that will help illustrate the application of modern ethics to everyday practice. Professionals in other health disciplines may find this bo useful as the key issues discussed are often faced by them as well.

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Dr. Philip Hebert obtained his PhD in philosophy from York University and his MD from the University of Toronto. He is currently Assistant Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, Bioethics Coordinator of the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Toronto Medical School, and attending physician at the Sunnybrook Health Science Centre. Dr. Hebert also holds cross appointments in the Department of Extended Care (Sunnybrook Health Science Centre) and the Department of Philosophy (University of Toronto).

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"This book is a gem - beautifully written, practical and to the point. It provides a thoughtful and thought-provoking review of the common ethical issues in day-to-day practice. I wish I had had such a book thirty-five years ago when I was in medical school - it would have provided some much needed guideposts and helped me to understand the task of medicine much sooner, and with a little less angst." - W. Wayne Weston MD, University of Western Ontario

"The clear definitions, case discussion format, and the logical sequence of presenting areas within medical ethics all combine to make this book easy to read and well-suited for the problem-based learning approach. Students should find this book a helpful guide to understanding medical ethics and its role in health care." - Miriam F. Rossi, MD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

" The great strength of this book is its accessibility ... The format of Hebert's book, its vocabulary and its very liberal use and discussion of common cases ensure that students will read it, understand it and become interested in it ... a very useful addition to any undergraduate or postgraduate curriculum in biomedical ethics." Canadian Medical Association Journal (vol. 156, no.3, Feb 1997)

"... a valuable guide for all those engaged in medical practice." BC Medical Journal (Dec 1996)

"This book is sure to live up to its sub-title. It is a very sound, well-organized and helpful guide for ethical reflection and decision-making in medicine." - Earl Winkler, PhD, Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia

"... offers health professionals a useful and thoughtful approach to ethical problems encountered in medical practice. ... The book is interesting, well written and well organized. It makes medical ethics more accessible to students and clinicians without requiring a background in philosophy. It could also serve as the framework for a short medical school course or residency program-based ethics course. I wish such a book had existed when I was a student." Canadian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (vol.3, no.3, Autumn 1996)

" [a] balanced analyses of the ethical dilemmas that underlie well-edited paradigm cases. [Hebert's] use of highlighted, point-style menus will be particularly helpful for medical trainees, as will his current and extensive chapter bibliographies." Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (vol.30, no.2, March 1997)

"Although the title suggests that the book is aimed at medical students and residents, it will also be of great use to all practicing doctors." [translated from French] Bulletin of the Quebec Society of Medicine and Law (March 1997)

" With confidence, I recommend this book to all physicians and physicians-to-be. Dr. Hebert fulfilled his goal of offering a practical guide to ethical decision making in patient care." Canadian Family Physician (June 1997)

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