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Aristotle's ethical theory & modern health care.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11619400     Owner:  HMD     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Greek physician of antiquity - Hippocrates (460-356 B.C.) is called the Father of Modern Medicine and the Hippocratic Oath to which doctors of modern medicine traditionally and formally express their allegiance, forms the basic foundation of medical ethics. The tradition of Western ethical philosophy began with the ancient Greeks. From Socrates (469-399 B.C.) and his immediate successors, Plato (427-347 B.C.) and Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), there is a clear line of continuity, through Hellenistic period (from the death of Alexander the Great (323 B.C.) to the end of Ptolemic dynasty (30 B.C.) and the Roman annexation of Egypt - broadly post-Aristotelian and medieval thought to the present day. But the society has qualitatively and quantitatively changed since the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Society, today, is just a collection of discrete individuals, each with his or her own purposes and interests. Hence it has become almost imperative to apply the principle of autonomy to issues in the ethics of health care. The aim of this short essay is, therefore, an attempt to explore the relevance, if any, of Aristotelian ethical theory to the modern health care.
S K Majumdar
Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Bulletin of the Indian Institute of History of Medicine (Hyderabad)     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0304-9558     ISO Abbreviation:  Bull Indian Inst Hist Med Hyderabad     Publication Date:  1996  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-08-07     Completed Date:  1997-08-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7510174     Medline TA:  Bull Indian Inst Hist Med Hyderabad     Country:  INDIA    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  75-80     Citation Subset:  E; Q    
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MeSH Terms
Comprehensive Health Care / history
Ethics, Medical / history*
History, 20th Century
History, Ancient
Philosophy / history
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