The analysis and resolution of ethical dilemmas

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Perhaps no other field of medicine illustrates the ethical dilemmas occasioned by the explosion of technology more than neurology. Many dilemmas which at first appear to be ethical, however, are actually biotechnical, informational, or interpersonal in nature. For those which are, indeed, ethical, a review of existing information and acquisition of additional data can often serve to identify the proper response. When the optimal course of action remains unclear, the comprehensive, structured approach described in this chapter is both philosophically rigorous and clinically relevant. It takes into account a variety of critical considerations - including rights, duties, consequences, virtues, and similar cases - while utilizing both inductive and deductive methods. The end result is the "least bad" of available options, or, at the very least, a practical response which preserves future options and avoids crucial mistakes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Clinical Neurology
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameHandbook of Clinical Neurology
ISSN (Print)0072-9752


  • Autonomy
  • Beneficence
  • Casuistry
  • Consequentialism
  • Dilemmas
  • Ethics
  • Paternalism
  • Pragmatism
  • Principlism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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