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The good doctor : a father, a son, and the evolution of medical ethics

Author: Barron H Lerner
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story of two doctors, a father and son, who practiced in very different times and the evolution of the ethics that profoundly influence health care Medicine has undergone drastic changes over the decades'from a highly patriarchal system where doctor knew best and made decisions accordingly to today's more patient-centered system, where well-informed patients often take the lead. Dr. Phillip Lerner, the author's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Named Person: Barron H Lerner; Phillip I Lerner
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Barron H Lerner
ISBN: 9780807033418 0807033413
OCLC Number: 869376502
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed January 23, 2014).
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: The first Dr. Lerner --
Super doctor --
Illness hits home --
The second Dr. Lerner --
Forging my own path --
Treating the whole patient --
Family practitioner --
Growing disillusionment --
Slowing down --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Barron H. Lerner.

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The story of two doctors, a father and son, who practiced in very different times and the evolution of the ethics that profoundly influence health care Medicine has undergone drastic changes over the decades'from a highly patriarchal system where doctor knew best and made decisions accordingly to today's more patient-centered system, where well-informed patients often take the lead. Dr. Phillip Lerner, the author's father, practiced at a time when doctors commanded unparalleled respect, making most decisions for their patients, even about life and death. When Barron read in his father's journals how he'd once thrown himself over the body of a dying patient to prevent his colleagues from resuscitating her, the younger Lerner was shocked. Used to patients who are informed, involved, and even activists, the son saw his father's action as that of a doctor "playing God," with the kind of paternalism that has no place in the new reality of medicine. Later, as a seasoned doctor, Barron Lerner came to understand the constantly shifting nature of ethics in medicine. Through his father's stories, his own recollections, and his professional expertise, Dr. Lerner investigates the ethical shifts that have shaken the medical profession over the past four decades. The Good Doctor is the story of one American family and its intersection with the transformation of the practice of medicine for doctors and their patients. From the Hardcover edition.

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