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The Good Doctor: A Father, a Son, and the Evolution of Medical Ethics



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The story of two doctors, a father and son, who practiced in very different times and the evolution of the ethics that profoundly influence health care As a practicing physician and longtime member of his hospital's ethics committee, Dr. Barron Lerner thought he had heard it all. But in the mid-1990s, his father, an infectious diseases physician, told him a stunning story: he had physically placed his body over an end-stage patient who had stopped breathing, preventing his colleagues from performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, even though CPR was the ethically and legally accepted thing to do. Over the next few years, the senior Dr. Lerner tried to speed the deaths of his seriously ill mother and mother-in-law to spare them further suffering. These stories angered and alarmed the younger Dr. Lerner-an internist, historian of medicine, and bioethicist-who had rejected physician-based paternalism in favor of informed consent and patient autonomy. The Good Doctor is a fascinating and moving account of how Dr. Lerner came to terms with two very different images of his father: a revered clinician, teacher, and researcher who always put his patients first, but also a physician willing to "play God," opposing the very revolution in patients' rights that his son was studying and teaching to his own medical students. But the elder Dr. Lerner's journals, which he had kept for decades, showed the son how the father's outdated paternalism had grown out of a fierce devotion to patient-centered medicine, which was rapidly disappearing. And they raised questions: Are paternalistic doctors just relics, or should their expertise be used to overrule patients and families that make ill-advised choices? Does the growing use of personalized medicine-in which specific interventions may be best for specific patients-change the calculus between autonomy and paternalism? And how can we best use technologies that were invented to save lives but now too often prolong death? In an era of high-technology medicine, spiraling costs, and health-care reform, these questions could not be more relevant. As his father slowly died of Parkinson's disease, Barron Lerner faced these questions both personally and professionally. He found himself being pulled into his dad's medical care, even though he had criticized his father for making medical decisions for his relatives. Did playing God-at least in some situations-actually make sense? Did doctors sometimes "know best"? A timely and compelling story of one family's engagement with medicine over the last half century, The Good Doctor is an important book for those who treat illness-and those who struggle to overcome it.






The story of two doctors, a father and son, who practiced in very different times and the evolution of the ethics that profoundly influence health care As a practicing physician and longtime member of his hospital's ethics committee, Dr. Barron Lerner thought he had heard it all. But in the mid-1990s, his father, an infectious diseases physician, told him a stunning story: he had physically placed his body over an end-stage patient who had stopped breathing, preventing his colleagues from performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, even though CPR was the ethically and legally accepted thing to do. Over the next few years, the senior Dr. Lerner tried to speed the deaths of his seriously ill mother and mother-in-law to spare them further suffering. These stories angered and alarmed the younger Dr. Lerner-an internist, historian of medicine, and bioethicist-who had rejected physician-based paternalism in favor of informed consent and patient autonomy. The Good Doctor is a fascinating and moving account of how Dr. Lerner came to terms with two very different images of his father: a revered clinician, teacher, and researcher who always put his patients first, but also a physician willing to "play God," opposing the very revolution in patients' rights that his son was studying and teaching to his own medical students. But the elder Dr. Lerner's journals, which he had kept for decades, showed the son how the father's outdated paternalism had grown out of a fierce devotion to patient-centered medicine, which was rapidly disappearing. And they raised questions: Are paternalistic doctors just relics, or should their expertise be used to overrule patients and families that make ill-advised choices? Does the growing use of personalized medicine-in which specific interventions may be best for specific patients-change the calculus between autonomy and paternalism? And how can we best use technologies that were invented to save lives but now too often prolong death? In an era of high-technology medicine, spiraling costs, and health-care reform, these questions could not be more relevant. As his father slowly died of Parkinson's disease, Barron Lerner faced these questions both personally and professionally. He found himself being pulled into his dad's medical care, even though he had criticized his father for making medical decisions for his relatives. Did playing God-at least in some situations-actually make sense? Did doctors sometimes "know best"? A timely and compelling story of one family's engagement with medicine over the last half century, The Good Doctor is an important book for those who treat illness-and those who struggle to overcome it.


THE GOOD DOCTOR A FATHER A SON AND THE EVOLUTION OF MEDICAL ETHICS PAPERBACK Beacon Press United States 2015. Free delivery on qualified . The story of two doctors a father and son who practiced in very different times and the evolution of the ethics that profoundly influence health care As a practicing physician and longtime member of his hospitals ethics committee Dr. And its a fatherson doctor saga with much to say about the .


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Average Rating. Lerner The Good Doctor A Father A Son and the Evolution of Medical Ethics Beacon Press Boston 2014.Pp. Barron Lerners wonderful book is at heart a love story. xv 223 p. . While medical training can theoretically teach such adaptability through example ensuring that programs turn out nonpaternalistic physicians is something of a challenge. The good doctor a father a son and the evolution of medical ethics Barron H. MCW Medical Humanities Program 11th Annual Medical Humanities Lecture The Good Doctor A Father A Son and the Evolution of Medical Ethics Thursday Novem Lecture at 500 pm Book signing and reception to follow HRC Auditorium Medical College of Wisconsin 8701 Watertown Plank Road Milwaukee WI 53226 Free and open to the public . Barron Lerner thought he had heard it all. The story of two doctors a father and son who practiced in very different times and the evolution of the ethics that profoundly influence health care As a practicing physicianand longtime member of his hospitals ethics committee Dr. But in the mid1990s his father an infectious diseases physician told him a stunning story he had Lerner 153 ratings 3.88 average rating 28 reviews Open Preview See a Problem? Wed love your help. FREE shipping on eligible orders. Status Available from . Our library is the biggest of these that have literally hundreds of thousands of different products represented. A Father a Son and the Evolution of Medical Ethics.


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