When I was getting my MS in Clinical Research after a decade in the industry, I noticed that there was a disconnect between younger students who had n...moreWhen I was getting my MS in Clinical Research after a decade in the industry, I noticed that there was a disconnect between younger students who had never held a position of professional responsibility and older students. Somehow the professors and the experienced students couldn't communicate to the inexperienced students the realities of the ethical conflicts they would face; we couldn't break through their simplistic answers that were particularly focused on individual ethics rather than the institutional ethics of which they would become a part.
This book in particular notes the changes in how ethics work as professionals are swept up into huge organizations and everyone is swept into a global workforce. The one provider rural family doctor faces very different ethical issues than a provider in a huge urban hospital. Given that this is a particular quality of the book, I was disappointed in the chapter that stated it was going to discuss efficiency as a value. I find efficiency to be one of the most vexing problems of the modern professional- efficiency in healthcare, for example, means that costs are lower and more people have access to care. But it also presents problems in the immediate case. The chapter only discussed the immediate case and didn't take on the conflict at all.
If one is interested in the ethics of professional responsibility, I would also recommend the work of Stephen Pattison.(less)
A compassionate / sympathetic (I think there is a better word, but I cannot readily locate it) look at the everyday ethics of everyday people--middle...moreA compassionate / sympathetic (I think there is a better word, but I cannot readily locate it) look at the everyday ethics of everyday people--middle America--finds themes that unite people who think they would be very different. As much as one claims to hew to the past or to the future, conservative or liberal, it is very hard to escape defining yourself in the language of the present day. The book finds that it is a particular thing called "moral freedom," something he describes in all the pain of existentialism but without using such an academic word. In any case, a brilliant book for presenting people as they understand themselves.
I would note that if one wants to develop this compassionate / sympathetic understanding of people as they understand themselves, an excellent book to read with this book is The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. The books differ slightly in their conclusions about how people think about ethics, with the Righteous Mind arguing that people have less flexibility than is presented in this book. The truth is probably some mix of both, especially when one looks at the varieties of the entire population.(less)
Truly excellent book with an overview of the current realities of health care professionals' use of social media with positive and negative examples f...moreTruly excellent book with an overview of the current realities of health care professionals' use of social media with positive and negative examples from real life. Philosophical and ethical frameworks for the future are discussed with reference to those of the past. That sounds heavy and theoretical, but it is not- these are very concrete reference points for how a health care professional ought to behave.
What I liked most about this book is that it is REALISTIC. It starts with health care professionals where they are. Some more theoretical books assume that either health care professionals are being inserted onto social media with no current real life connections, or that they somehow owe the world an extraordinary investment is social media. This book is not like that.(less)