Good Medicine by Philip Hebert
The Art of Ethical Care in Canada

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Award-winning physician Philip C. Hébert creates a brave and intimate portrait of the complex ethical imperatives at the heart of good medicine: doctors do not have all the answers; patients must be heard; and their needs, desires, fears, and experiences must be reflected in how practitioners look after them.

Medical science continues to advance to previously unimagined heights in its diagnostic and treatment capabilities. With these advances, however, come unexpected ethical dilemmas for practitioners, patients, and families. In Good Medicine, Dr. Hébert approaches these questions of pressing and fundamental importance from the dual point of view of acclaimed physician and long-time patient. With remarkable balance and sensitivity, he explores a range of politically, constitutionally, and ethically contentious matters, including assisted suicide, treatment refusal and suspension, and the overall allocation of medical resources. Hébert pairs his artful analysis with the real-life, often deeply moving stories of those who have lived these challenges. Hébert offers piercing and compassionate insight into the relationship between patients and medical professionals, and guides readers towards the open and empathetic communication needed to ensure good medicine for everyone.
 

About Philip Hebert

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PHILIP HÉBERT is a family physician and has taught professional ethics for over 25 years. He graduated from York University with a PhD in Philosophy in 1983 and from the University of Toronto medical school in 1984. His residency in family medicine was completed at McMaster in 1986 and, since 1989, he has been on staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where he acts as a Bioethics consultant. He is a Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto and the author of a textbook on ethics for physicians, Doing Right (3rd edition, 2014). He is the recipient of many awards for teaching and service. In 2009, he received the 2nd annual William Marsden award from the CMA for his contribution to medical ethics teaching in Canada. In 2011, the College of Family Physicians of Canada named him Ontario’s Family Physician of the Year.
Author Residence: Toronto, ON
Author Hometown: Kingston, ON
 
Published April 19, 2016 by Doubleday Canada. 208 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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