Do Physicians Have an Ethical Obligation to Care for Patients with AIDS?
By turning to the orientation to morality that emerges naturally from connection and is defined in caring, we find that physicians do, indeed, have an ethical obligation to care for patients with AIDS. Through an exploration of the writings of modern medical ethicists, it is clear that the purpose of the practice of medicine is healing which can only be accomplished in relationship with the patient. It is in relationship to patients that the physician has the opportunity for self-realization. In fact, the physician is physician in relationship to patients and only to the extent that he or she acts virtuously by being morally responsible for and to those patients. To not do so diminishes the physician's ethical ideal, a vision of the physician as good physician, which has consequences for the physician's capacity to care and for the practice of medicine.
Advisor:Robert John Levine
School Location:USA - Connecticut
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:physician bioethics moral ethic ethical aids related hiv immunodeficiency acquired doctor care giver nurse therapist
Date of Publication:05/11/2004