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The Ethics of Everyday Medicine - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128228296, 9780128230664

The Ethics of Everyday Medicine

1st Edition

Explorations of Justice

Author: Erwin Montgomery Jr.
Paperback ISBN: 9780128228296
eBook ISBN: 9780128230664
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd September 2020
Page Count: 523
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Ethics of Everyday Medicine: Explorations of Justice examines and analyses the relatively unexplored domain of ethics involved in the everyday practice of medicine. From the author’s clinical experience, virtually every decision made in the day-to-day practice of medicine is fundamentally an ethical question, as virtually every decision hinge on some value judgment that goes beyond the medical facts of the matter.

The first part of the book is devoted to medical decision cases in several areas of medicine. These cases highlight elements of the current healthcare ecosystem, involving players other than the physician and patient. Insurers (private, commercial, and governmental), administrators, and regulators’ perspectives are surfaced in point of care case analysis. Part two contributes to the development of actionable tools to develop better ethical systems for the everyday practice of medicine by providing a critical analysis of Reflective Equilibrium and ethical induction from the perspective of logic and statistics. The chapter on Justice discusses the neurophysiological representations of just and unjust behaviours. The chapter on Ethical Theories follows, describing the epistemic conundrum, principlism, reproducibility, abstraction, chaos and complexity. The following chapter approaches ethical decisions from the logic and statistic perspectives. The following chapter, The Patient as Parenthetical, the author discusses patient-centric ethics, and the rise of business- and government-cetric ethics. The final chapter, A Framework to Frame the Questions for Explore Further, proposes a working framework to deal with current ethical issues.

Ethics of everyday Medicine: Explorations of Justice acknowledges that there are no answers yet to the ethical dilemmas that confront the everyday practice of medicine, but proposes a framework for deeper analysis and action. This reading would be useful to all healthcare professionals. Regulators and policy makers could also benefit from understanding how the complex healthcare environment influences medical decisions at point of care.

Key Features

  • Offers an overview of the current health care ecosystem and the ethical questions posed by divergent interests
  • Includes cases for ethical analysis of common medical practice
  • Proposes a framework for ethical decision making in the clinical setting
  • Provides critical analysis of Reflective Equilibrium and ethical induction from the perspective of logic and statistics


Health care professionals in both clinical and research environments

Table of Contents

1. Justice
2. Ethical Systems
3. Reflective Equilibrium from the Perspective of Logic and Statistics
4. The Patient as Parenthetical
5. A Workable Framework
6. Justice
7. Ethical Systems
8. Reflective Equilibrium from the Perspective of Logic and Statistics
9. The Patient as Parenthetical
10. A Workable Framework


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About the Author

Erwin Montgomery Jr.

Professor Montgomery has been an academic physician/scientist for over 40 years and has held tenure as a full professor at several major academic universities and centers including University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School and University of Alabama at Birmingham, Medical School. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly journal articles and 6 textbooks in neurology, neuroscience and medical epistemology. Professor Montgomery has received numerous scientific grants including from the National Institutes of Health, has served as an editor of several professional journals, and been a reviewer of grant applications and papers and received numerous teaching and mentoring awards.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, Department of Medicine (Neurology), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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