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Medicine - Surgery | Neurosurgical Ethics in Practice: Value-based Medicine

Neurosurgical Ethics in Practice: Value-based Medicine

Ammar, Ahmed, Bernstein, Mark (Eds.)

2014, XII, 286 p. 22 illus., 8 illus. in color.

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  • First book to focus on the ethical dilemmas confronted in daily neurosurgical practice
  • Guide to good neurosurgical practice based on good values
  • Reports and discusses more than 50 neurosurgical cases from an ethical point of view

Good neurosurgical practice is based not only on evidence, skills, and modern equipment, but also on good values. Young surgeons often learn about ethical behavior by observing the behavior of their teachers in different situations, but for several reasons, this is not enough. This book discusses the ethical issues that arise during the daily practice of neurosurgery. It will be especially informative for neurosurgeons, other surgeons, physicians, residents, medical students, and allied health care providers. The book is not a philosophical expose but an easily readable and highly practical road map on how to navigate ethically challenging situations in neurosurgical and other practice.


The book is divided into five parts addressing general issues, patients’ rights, end of life issues, neurosurgeons’ duties, and neurosurgeons and society. The contributing authors are well-established neurosurgeons and other doctors with long experience and from different backgrounds. They discuss ethical problems encountered in everyday practice, introduced by cases, and in all, there are more than 50 neurosurgical cases drawn from real life. The editors introduce in the title and throughout the book the term “value-based medicine” which reinforces that while modern medicine and surgery have come very far in technical aspects, the core of what we do must be based on the values embodied in bioethics.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Informed Consent - Media - Patient Rights - Pediatric Neurosurgery - Training

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Surgery

Table of contents 

Introduction.- Ethics in Medicine and Surgery – General View. Patient`s Rights: Patient`s Rights – Overview.- Patient´s Rights to Refuse Treatment.- Patient Right to Privacy and Confidentiality.- Informed Consent.- Patient`s Family`s Rights.- Children and Neonates.- Patients with Terminal Diseases.- Complications and Errors. Work Environment: Neurosurgeon`s Rights and Duties.- Priority Setting.- Neuroethics.- Workplace Ethics. Society: Ethics of Performing Surgery/Using Technology for the First Time.- Research Ethics.- Training in Neurosurgery - the Right of Patients and of Trainees.- Conflict of Interest/Industry-Surgeon Relationship.- Malpractice and Court Cases.- Media and Neurosurgery.

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