Day: February 1, 2015

A quick introduction to Medical Ethics

The Symptoms of One Addicted to Medicine

So to start off my blog I thought I’d do a quick recap of the Basic Ethical ideas that underpin Medical Ethics and the Four principles of medical ethics.

There are three basic Medical Ethics ideas:
> Deontology
> Consequentialism /Utilitarianism
> Virtue ethics


Actions are right or wrong in themselves
One must balance rights and duties
One can only act on maxims which we can will as universal law without contradiction

Consequentialism/ Utilitarianism

Righteousness of an action is determined by the goodness of the consequences it brings
The end justifies the means
About maximising good

Virtue Ethics

Whether an action is right or wrong depends primarily on the virtues or vices shown in performing the action.

The Four Principles of Medical Ethics

1.Respect for Autonomy

Patients should be able to make informed and voluntary decisions giving an independence of decision
Basis of ‘informed consent’

2.Principle of…

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Age is Just a Number


Based on how you feel, how old would you be if you couldn’t see yourself in the mirror?
Age is just a number. How you feel is what’s important.

You believe that you should have everything figured out in life before you reach 30, 40, 50, etc. The older you get, the less opportunity you think you have to do something new. The only reason you think it’s too late to start is because that’s what you grew up believing.

You think that you have to cram everything in before the general retirement age of 65. After that, it’s time to play golf, work on your garden, travel, and play with the grandkids. This simply isn’t true.

If you’re determined to do something, it is never too late to start. Here are some famous examples of people who started late.
• Ray Croc was 59 years old when he bought…

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Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
-Thomas Edison

Every human behavior can be explained by what precedes it. But that does not excuse it.
Gavin de Becker

If it’s important you will find a way. If it’s not, you will find an excuse.

What Will People Think?


opinions of others5Do you worry about other people’s opinion? Are you afraid you will get laughed at? You don’t want people to reject your ideas. You don’t want to look like a fool. What you need to realize now: None of this matters.

At the end of your life when you look back, what you want to remember is a journey that makes you smile. Regardless of what everyone else thinks of you, if you’ve followed your intuition and done your best, win or lose, you won’t regret a thing.

There have been so many crazy ideas that even the so-called experts thought were a bad idea. That did not stop these people:
• J.K. Rowling was penniless, recently divorced, on welfare and raising a child on her own. She wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter. Twelve publishers rejected the manuscript. A year later she was given…

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