David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Medical Ethics 36 (11):648-651 (2010)
The principle objective of a diagnosis is not to categorise symptoms, or group a combination of signs or clinical symptoms in a coherent way, but to cure a patient or improve their quality of life. Diagnoses that are technically correct, but do not seek this objective may become unnecessary labels which convert healthy people, or those who do not consider themselves to be sick, into patients. We propose a limitation of the diagnostic effort in order to reduce the iatrogenic consequences of these unnecessary labels or diagnoses, a new imperative which, in Kantian terms, can be expressed as: examine and treat your patients in such a way that, at the very least, the effects of your actions always improve the quality of their lives
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Reidun Førde (1998). Competing Conceptions of Diagnostic Reasoning – is There a Way Out? Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 19 (1):59-72.
G. William Moore & Grover M. Hutchins (1987). Three Paradoxes of Medical Diagnosis. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 2 (2):197-215.
V. J. Grant (1991). Consent in Paediatrics: A Complex Teaching Assignment. Journal of Medical Ethics 17 (4):199-204.
G. Clayden (1992). Ethical Dilemmas in Paediatrics -- A Case-Study Approach. Journal of Medical Ethics 18 (4):222-222.
James G. Mazoué (1990). Diagnosis Without Doctors. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 15 (6):559-579.
C. L. Tishler & N. S. Reiss (2012). Psychotropic Drugs and Paediatrics: A Critical Need for More Clinical Trials. Journal of Medical Ethics 38 (4):250-252.
V. Sørlie, A. Lindseth, G. Udén & A. Norberg (2000). Women Physicians' Narratives About Being in Ethically Difficult Care Situations in Paediatrics. Nursing Ethics 7 (1):47-62.
V. F. Larcher, B. Lask & J. M. McCarthy (1997). Paediatrics at the Cutting Edge: Do We Need Clinical Ethics Committees? Journal of Medical Ethics 23 (4):245-249.
Claudia Wiesemann (2009). Off-Label, Off-Limits? Parental Awareness and Attitudes Towards Off-Label Use in Paediatrics. European Journal of Pediatrics 168:1473-1478.
Alexander A. Aarts, Cilia L. M. Witteman, Pierre M. Souren & Jos I. M. Egger (2012). Associations Between Psychologists' Thinking Styles and Accuracy on a Diagnostic Classification Task. Synthese 189 (S1):119-130.
Alan J. Kearns, Dónal P. O'mathúna & P. Anne Scott (2010). Diagnostic Self-Testing: Autonomous Choices and Relational Responsibilities. Bioethics 24 (4):199-207.
J. P. Laraudogoitia (2007). Avoiding Infinite Masses. Synthese 156 (1):21 - 31.
Laurence B. McCullough & Charles E. Christianson (1987). Ethical Dimensions of Diagnosis: A Case Study and Analysis. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 2 (2):129-143.
P. Baines (2008). Medical Ethics for Children: Applying the Four Principles to Paediatrics. Journal of Medical Ethics 34 (3):141-145.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2010-09-13
Total downloads1 ( #306,128 of 1,088,398 )
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?