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Doing Right: A Practical Guide to Ethics for Medical Trainees and Physicians [Paperback]

Philip C. Hebert
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Now in its third edition, Doing Right offers healthcare trainees and practitioners alike a comprehensive, user-friendly guide to contemporary biomedical ethics. Taking an applied case study approach, this engaging text explores complex ethical issues through real-life scenarios, making it relatable to all types of healthcare professionals. Shop now.
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Sept. 25 2008 0195428412 978-0195428414 Second Edition
This second edition of Philip Hebert's Doing Right offers healthcare trainees and practitioners alike a comprehensive, usable guide to biomedical ethics today. Like its predecessor, this text works through questions of moral principles relevant to a diverse and growing number of healthcare professionals. Rather than focus on theory, the text takes an applied, case-study based approach that makes complex ethical issues real and relatable. Updates to this edition include new discussions on reproductive technology and reproductive choice, medical professionalism, and managing error. Also new are thoroughly updated references, expanded theoretical coverage, and case studies that reflect team ethics. This is an ideal text for second-and third-year one-semester ethics courses offered in medical schools, health sciences departments, and nursing programs.

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"I would be thrilled as a medical student to have it as a guide. It combines theory and practice really well. I also like the way the authors personality and views come through. It makes the material seem much 'nearer' to other clinicians' and students' experiences. The cases are great and the psychological depth of the communication and decision making described is immaculate." --Dr Pier Bryden, Assistant Professor and Faculty Lead, Ethics and Professionalism, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children

"Dr. Hebert's straightforward and logical approach to explaining nebulous ethical dilemmas makes Doing Right an accessible book to all healthcare practitioners...Thus, the book is excellent in interweaving ethical principles with pertinent case studies and explanations. Furthermore, the second edition incorporates new advances in the field of medicine, such as reproductive rights, professionalism, and error management. Doing Right provides a comprehensive discourse on major ethical issues that healthcare professionals will encounter in everyday practice. This book should definitely be on the reading list for all medical practitioners and trainees desiring a concise and easy-tounderstand guide to ethics." --Review in the University of Toronto Medical Journal, Volume 86, Number 3, May 2009

"This outstanding introdution to ethical complexities using myriad cases to illustrate the complexity of ethical reasoning" --Dr Mona Gupta, Toronto, ON in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Sept 21, 2010, 182:1454

About the Author

Philip C. Hebert is a family physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He currently chairs the Research Ethics Board and acts as a bioethics consultant for the hospital. In addition, he is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto.

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3.0 out of 5 stars hmmm...... the publishing industry strikes.... April 6 2011
While this book is relatively well written it is only A PRIMER. It is by no means as comprehensive as I expected - and certainly provides no more than a very elementary understanding of medical ethics. While this is a good review for the mccqe1 - I found very little in here that was not also covered in the Toronto Notes. This did expand a little more by using more cases etc. to illustrate by example. So I would give this 4 stars.

but then I have to consider value. This book costs 56 dollars. for a 256 page paperback. What the heck?! Whoever is publishing this (oxford) is using an absolutely ridiculous marketing strategy. If this book were even half the price (still not a great value) I'm sure at least twice as many people would buy it. But to pay 56 dollars for this book is not just robbery - its almost embarassing to admit I paid that much for a book that took me about 4 hours to read. I'm sure this book cost about 8 bucks for oxford to print and ship (if even that).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Medical Ethics May 7 2013
By woody
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Excellent book. It is absolutely required for anyone interested in pursuing medical degree and for those in the field.I would absolutely recommend this book.
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By Charlie
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I did not find this book was helpful for my NOSM interview. However, it was helpful in my own clinical practice.
That being said, there are far better resources to learn about ethics than this book.
Disregard people who state this book is beneficial for interviews. Just gain knowledge on current medical issues and practice answering questions regarding those types of issues.
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By oGs
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Fairly good book. It covers a lot of things about the current healthcare. It's a top notch book about ethics!
I think for a premed, it goes a little bit too far. I'm saying this because this book is read by almost every premed student.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful March 17 2014
By erom
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The book arrived just in 2 days and in good condition. The contents are very useful for medical care professionals who strive to provide best service for the clients.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Feb. 10 2014
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Great book for medical, or premed students. The author talks about medical cases that almost every physician is bound to face at some point in his/her career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for MMI prep July 30 2013
By Areeba
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It's a great book to help approach medical dilemmas. It allows you to think outside the box, which is important in MMI interviews for Canada! Although it's directed towards doctors, the major concepts apply to all healthcare professionals! It's a pretty quick read and it's nice and easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read, excellent cases July 3 2013
By Mike O.
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The cases portrayed in this book are phenomenal. They cover almost every (if not all) ethical problem related to medicine. Every case comes with a recap by the author, as well as what the most appropriate course of action would be depending on the case. Highly recommend this book for anyone going to their medical school interview as it provides you with a lot of useful information regarding ethics.
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