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The Practice of Autonomy: Patients, Doctors, and Medical Decisions
This is a book written across the grain of contemporary ethics, where the principle of autonomy has triumphed. It is an attempt to see the l aw of medicine, the principles of bioethics, and the encounter between doctor and patient from the patient's point of view. While Schneider agrees that many patients now want to make their own medical decisions, and virtually all want ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA
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This is a great and thoughtful book. Writing style is pleasing and content is useful. I worry some that his final proposals are impractical in terms of expectations about how much additional physician time/loss in efficiency can be managed within the current medical system. But he is absolutely correct that the autonomy paradigm can be enriched by additional work that acknowledges the problems with autonomism as it has been elaborated within traditional bioethics.