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Ethics and Chronic Illness

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2020.04.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tom Walker, Ethics and Chronic Illness, Routledge, 2019, 242pp., $155.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780367210205. Reviewed by Rebecca Chan and Jordan Liz, San José State University Unlike other medical conditions, chronic illness is not curable. Successful treatment aims to either prevent future complications arising from one's condition and/or help the patient manage it. The goal is to enable the patient to live as comfortably as possible with her condition. For Tom Walker, these distinctive features of chronic illness mean that questions regarding what it means to benefit the patient, or what the role of prevention in clinical ethics will be, are importantly different from cases of acute conditions. Yet, despite this, ethical reflection on chronic illnesses has been largely omitted within the field of medical ethics. In his book, Walker sets out to fill this gap in the literature. The first five chapters are dedicated to gaining... Read More

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