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Moral Principles and Medical Practice The Basis of Medical Jurisprudence   By: (1835-1920)

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In Moral Principles and Medical Practice, author Charles Coppens delves into the complexities of the relationship between ethics and medicine, providing a profound exploration of the basis of medical jurisprudence. With insightful arguments and a meticulous analysis, Coppens challenges readers to critically examine the principles that guide medical professionals and their responsibilities towards their patients.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in its thorough examination of the moral principles that govern medical practice. Coppens establishes a solid foundation by presenting the historical and philosophical background of medical ethics, enabling readers to comprehend the evolution of these principles over time. Through examining various ethical frameworks and their implications, Coppens invites readers to develop a comprehensive understanding of the ethical dilemmas faced by medical professionals and the potential consequences of their decisions.

Furthermore, the author provides a comprehensive overview of medical jurisprudence, exploring the legal dimensions of medical practice and the ethical questions that arise in courts of law. Coppens effectively highlights the crucial role that morality plays in judicial decisions regarding medical malpractice and patient rights. By intertwining moral principles and legal discourse, the book presents a holistic perspective that further enriches the reader's understanding of the subject matter.

What sets this book apart from others in the field is the author's ability to bridge the gap between theoretical ethics and their practical application. Coppens skillfully connects ethical theories with real-world scenarios, presenting thought-provoking case studies that require readers to consider various ethical perspectives. These case studies encourage critical thinking and allow readers to challenge their own moral compasses, generating an engaging and immersive reading experience.

The writing style of Moral Principles and Medical Practice is concise and clear, which enhances the accessibility of the book to readers of various backgrounds. Coppens' explanations are both thorough and precise, making complex concepts understandable without oversimplifying them. Additionally, the organization of the book follows a logical progression, ensuring that readers can easily build upon previously introduced ideas.

While the book addresses a variety of ethical and legal aspects of medicine, it occasionally lacks specificity and depth in certain areas. Some topics could have been explored further, providing readers with a more comprehensive analysis. Nevertheless, the overall quality of the content outweighs these minor shortcomings.

In conclusion, Moral Principles and Medical Practice is a thought-provoking and informative book that dives deep into the ethical complexities of medical practice. Charles Coppens successfully presents a multifaceted examination of the moral principles that underpin medical jurisprudence, incorporating historical, philosophical, and legal perspectives. This book is a valuable resource for medical professionals, students, and anyone interested in the intersection of ethics and medicine, offering a compelling and comprehensive exploration of the subject matter.

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Transcriber's Note In Lecture I, there are paragraphs numbered 1 to 8 but omitting 4. This is as in the original, as is the inconsistent hyphenation of the words "lawgiver" and "twofold". In two instances, errors of punctuation have been corrected, and in one case obscured words have been guessed. Full details can be found in the html version of this ebook.






Professor of Medical Jurisprudence in the John A. Creighton Medical College, Omaha, Neb., author of Text Books on Metaphysics, Ethics, Oratory, and Rhetoric.

NEW YORK, CINCINNATI, CHICAGO: BENZIGER BROTHERS, Printers to the Holy Apostolic See... Continue reading book >>

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