Medical Ethics

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Jermey Lindsey
English 101-1009
November 10, 2012
Diane Wilkins
Medical Ethics
Ethics in the medical field have many issues that doctors and medical professionals face everyday like, does the good of a treatment outweigh the bad of the treatment. In most people’s eye ethics are the medical professional’s opinion but that is not the case in today’s society. Physicians face accountability, privacy/confidentiality, and inform consent. These are very good areas that medical professionals should follow no matter what the situation may be for them and the patients’ safety and well-being. To help these professionals in making good choices and doing these things in the correct way and to decipher what is good and bad for a patient based upon the patients needs and wants while in a medical facility, a board of medical professionals created a modern code of ethics that outlines what medical personnel should do based on situations and patient needs. Even with these basic codes in place to help ease ethical issues, doctors often find themselves having to break some codes to use other codes, which makes the doctors job on using the right ethical code a very difficult job.

Ethics have been in the medical field since ancient times, they have wonder what the right thing was to do versus what shouldn’t be done to help people that needed medical attention. In historical ethics doctors basically had one ethic code to follow and that was to do what ever the patient needed done to help them to recover from their injury and/or disease. This code was not well accepted until the Middle Ages when Christian beliefs were tied to medical ethics. Giving the ethics a better name for itself in saying that it is what would do with a Christian belief. Modern Ages the codes began to change especially with the creation of American Medical Association (AMA). Part of the changing of the codes was that doctors not only had the patients well being in their hands but also what would...
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