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Rethinking Health Care Ethics by [Scher, Stephen, Kozlowska, Kasia]
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“These authors provide a comprehensive review of social science literature and an exploration of how the rise of bioethics in the US and the European response to bioethics culminated in the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. … Scher and Kozlowska's goal is the empowerment of clinicians to respect their moral thinking when addressing health care dilemmas. Summing Up: Recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty and professionals.” (B. A. D'Anna, Choice, Vol. 56 (11), July, 2019)

“The book is a lucid critique of healthcare ethics as a [distinct] subject; a critique that naturally leads into constructive suggestions for an alternative pedagogy. The book should be of high interest to teachers in healthcare ethics, to ethicists, and to anyone who finds that ethics often is presented in ways that make us estranged from ourselves. What most impresses me in this book is its trust in the human. The foundation of ethics is in the human self, not in moral theory.” (Pär Segerdahl, The Ethics Blog,, October, 03, 2018)

“Individual moral experience as fundamental … . highly persuasive in its logic and practical orientation … .” (Amir Muzur, European Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 9 (2), 2018)


Rethinking Health Care Ethics is a fine example of the power of interdisciplinary work, particularly the role of the social sciences and their relationship to philosophy. It no less focuses on how to make that helpful to the clinicians who have to make the hard decisions. The book brings a valuable set of insights to important issues.” (Daniel Callahan, co-founder and President Emeritus, The Hastings Center)

“This practically useful, important book takes on the intricate and confusing problem created by bioethics when applied not in policy but in clinical practice. In lieu of the bioethical principles and methods that clinicians frequently find irrelevant and unhelpful, the authors present an alternative clinical framing that enables them to develop an entire pedagogy for clinical bioethics. This is hugely ambitious, and readers will agree and disagree about different recommendations. The authors have nevertheless engaged an extraordinarily difficult subject with original thinking and practical proposals. Best of all this is a very human form of clinical training and intervention that turns on the moral cultivation of the individual and her or his growing acquaintance with clinical experience. The authors seek to empower clinicians, and I believe they succeed.” (Arthur Kleinman, MD, author of The Illness Narratives, What Really Matters, and Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture)

“Health care ethics has typically been taught in the classroom, not the clinic. The actual ethical thinking of clinicians has been less investigated and is less well understood. Rethinking Health Care Ethics addresses this deficit by giving educators and clinicians a new way of thinking about ethics; a way that is accessible and relevant and not dependent on applying complex philosophical theories. In addition to being an intelligent exposé of the limits of bioethics, the book provides a pathway for students and clinicians to integrate ethical thinking into clinical practice from the get-go. I strongly recommend this book to all health care educators and clinicians.” (Merrilyn Walton, MSW, PhD, Professor of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney)

“In this superbly written book the authors draw on materials from philosophy and the social sciences to elaborate a model of ethical discourse for clinical health care whose central feature is the recognition and development of each trainee's and each clinician’s own moral thinking, based in the self and reflecting a person's entire life experience. From this core insight, and with many vignettes drawn from their own clinical experience, the authors also elaborate an approach both to formal classroom teaching and to less formal teaching in clinical settings that amounts, in effect, to a full program for teaching clinical ethics. I warmly recommend this groundbreaking book as a highly useful resource for teachers, trainees, and health care professionals interested in clinical ethics as an inherent part of compassionate, effective, and safe health care.” (Per Olav Vandvik, MD, Professor of Evidence-Based Practice and Shared Decision-Making, University of Oslo) 

“Scher and Kozlowska offer a powerful and deeply reasoned critique of teaching and practice in contemporary bioethics. In its place, they offer a timely, compelling, and humane proposal for rethinking values and ethics in the care of patients.” (Allan M. Brandt, Harvard University)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 594 KB
  • Print Length: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot; 1st ed. 2018 edition (2 August 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07FX1G5D6
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