Empathy-Based Ethics

A Way to Practice Humane Medicine

Authors: Jeffrey, David Ian

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  • Develops a new way of exploring clinical ethics
  • Suggests how empathy-based ethics can be embedded in clinical practice, medical education, and research
  • Redresses the current imbalance between biomedical and psychosocial approaches to medicine
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This book explores a new way of applying clinical ethics. Empathy-based ethics is based on the patient–doctor relationship and seeks to encourage a more humane form of medical practice. The author argues that the current emphasis on the biomedical model of medicine and a detached concern form of professionalism have damaged the patient–doctor relationship. He investigates examples of the dehumanization of patients and demonstrates a contrasting view of humane care. The book presents empathy as a relational construct - it provides an in-depth analysis of the process of empathizing. It discusses an empathy-based ethics approach underpinned by clinical examples of the practical application of this new approach. It suggests how empathy-based ethics can be embedded in clinical practice, medical education and research. The book concludes by examining the challenges in implementing such an approach and looks to a future which redresses the current imbalance between biomedical and psychosocial approaches to medicine.

About the authors

David Ian Jeffrey is an Honorary Lecturer in Palliative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, UK. His former posts include Academic Mentor at the Medical School, Dundee University, Consultant in Palliative Medicine for the Three Counties Cancer Centre Cheltenham and General Practitioner in Evesham, UK. He is the author of Exploring Empathy with Medical Students (2019). He is a Winston Churchill Fellow.

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“David Jeffrey has written an engaging and accessible clinical ethics framework, encouraging a greater role for empathy in medical practice and education. This will be an interesting resource for students and practitioners alike.”

- Kathryn MacKay, Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney, Australia

“Health Care needs to foster the 'feeling-better-factor' that patients experience simply when they see the doctor or other health professional. This can only be done through the doctor-patient relationship. This book is essential reading for all healthcare professionals, especially doctors.”

- Pierre Mallia, Professor of Family Medicine and Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine & Surgery, University of Malta, Malta

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Empathy-Based Ethics
Book Subtitle
A Way to Practice Humane Medicine
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-64804-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-64804-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-64803-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 150
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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