A quick introduction to Medical Ethics

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A concise and understandable overview of the principles of Medical Ethics.   As moral entrepreneurs the “impaired physician movement” and its offshoots have used the logical fallacy of appeal to authority to convince regulators, politicians and the general public to accept Consequential and Utilitarian ethics in their handling of those with or merely accused of having addictive disorders or substance abuse issues.    And in doing so they routinely violate the Four Principles of Medical Ethics–Autonomy, Non-Maleficence, Beneficence and Justice.   This needs to end.

http://www.rehabs.com/pro-talk-articles/the-outcome-of-alcoholism-is-not-jails-institutions-or-death/

The Symptoms of One Addicted to Medicine

So to start off my blog I thought I’d do a quick recap of the Basic Ethical ideas that underpin Medical Ethics and the Four principles of medical ethics.

There are three basic Medical Ethics ideas:
> Deontology
> Consequentialism /Utilitarianism
> Virtue ethics

Deontology:

Actions are right or wrong in themselves
One must balance rights and duties
One can only act on maxims which we can will as universal law without contradiction

Consequentialism/ Utilitarianism

Righteousness of an action is determined by the goodness of the consequences it brings
The end justifies the means
About maximising good

Virtue Ethics

Whether an action is right or wrong depends primarily on the virtues or vices shown in performing the action.

The Four Principles of Medical Ethics

1.Respect for Autonomy

Patients should be able to make informed and voluntary decisions giving an independence of decision
Basis of ‘informed consent’

2.Principle of…

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