The Health Care Professional as Friend and Healer

Building on the Work of Edmund D. Pellegrino

David C. Thomasma and Judith Lee Kissell, Editors

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This book illuminates issues in medical ethics revolving around the complex bond between healer and patient, focusing on friendship and other important values in the healing relationship. Embracing medicine, philosophy, theology, and bioethics, it considers whether bioethical issues in medicine, nursing, and dentistry can be examined from the perspective of the healing relationship rather than external moral principles.

Distinguished contributors explore the role of the health professional, the moral basis of health care, greater emphasis on the humanities in medical education, and some of the current challenges facing healers today.

Table of Contents

David C. Thomasma and Judith Lee Kissell

A Profesion of Trust: Reflections on a Fundamental Virtue
Leo J. O'Donovan, SJ

Part I The Nature of the Health Care Professional

The Physician-Patient Relationship
G. Kevin Donovan

Friendship as an Ideal for the Patient-Physician Relationship: Critique and an Alternative
F. Daniel Davis

The Dentist as Healer and Friend
Jos V.M. Welie

Learning through Experience and Expression: Skillful Ethical Comportment in Nursing Practice
Patricia Benner

Engendering Trust in a Pluralistic Society
Marian Gray Secundy and Rodger L. Jackson

Part II The Moral Basis of Health Care

Internal and External Sources of Morality for Medicine
Robert M. Veatch

Doctoring and the (Neglected) Virtue of Self-Forgiveness
Jeffrey Blustein

Moral Courage: Unsung Resource for Health Professional as Healer and Friend
Ruth B. Purtillo

The Six Transformations of American Health Care
Joan Collins Henry

The Principle fo Dominion
David C. Thomasma

Organizational Ethics and the Medical Professional: Reappraising Roles and Responsibilities
George Khushf

Part III Current Challenges

Reproductive Technologies: Where Are We Headed?
Richard A. McCormick, SJ

The Search for the Meaning of the Human Body
Judith Lee Kissell

Healing and Dying: Spiritual Issues in the Care of the Dying Patient
Daniel P. Sulmasy, OFM

Prophet to the Profession: Healing and Physician-Assisted Suicide
Courtney S. Campbell

The Role of Reason, Emotion and Aesthetics in Making Ehtical Judgments
Erich H. Loewy

The Contribution of Philosophical Hermeneutics to Clinical Ethics
Lazare Benaroyo

Money, Medicine, and Morals
William S. Andereck

Theology and Bioethics
Richard A. McCormick, SJ

Part IV Medical Education

Teaching the Humanities in American Medical Schools during the Twentieth Century: A Commentary on the Two Dominant Models
Chester R. Burns

Reflections on the Humanities and Medical Education: Balancing History, Theory, and Practice
Thomas K. McElhinney

Religious Elements in Healing
Glenn C. Graber and Bradford R. Smith




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About the Author

David C. Thomasma is the Fr. Michael I. English, SJ, Professor of Medical Ethics and Director of the Medical Humanities Program at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. Among his more than twenty books is Helping and Healing, with Edmund D. Pellegrino (Georgetown, 1997).

Judith Lee Kissell is an assistant professor at Georgia College and State University.

320 pp., 6 x 9

Oct 2000

320 pp., 6 x 9

ISBN: 978-0-87840-810-8
Oct 2000

320 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-58901-448-0
Oct 2000

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