Since many health professionals are simultaneously members of these religious or secular traditions the question arises of what someone should do when the hippocratic code conflicts with these other moral claims among religious sources of knowledge of moral norms some rely on revelation both karl barth and oral roberts provide examples. If hippocratic and other professionally generated codes of medical ethics fail to provide an adequate moral foundation for physicians who are not pythagoreans that is for physicians who are simultaneously members of some non hippocratic religious or secular community with a worldview expressing a moral perspective then the two obvious . Hippocratic religious and secular medical ethics the points of conflict by robert m veatch washington georgetown university 2012 pp xiii 242 2995 veatch successfully provides a critical reading of the hippocratic oath in medical ethics his volume however is more ambitious. The hippocratic oath occupies a privileged place in medical ethical discourse but dr robert m veatch challenges the assumption that the hippocratic oath in particular and professionally based ethics in general can serve as a foundation for medical ethics he argues the hippocratic oath is neither noncontroversial nor universal in nature. Hippocratic religious and secular medical ethics the points of conflict in this book additional information hippocratic religious and secular medical ethics the points of conflict hippocratic religious and secular medical ethics is the magnum opus of one of the most distinguished medical ethicists of his generation table of
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