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The philosophical basis of psychiatric ethics

Tom L. Beauchamp

in Psychiatric Ethics

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199234318
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754548 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199234318.003.0003

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

The philosophical basis of psychiatric ethics

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The moral problems discussed in this book have emerged from professional practice in psychiatry. This chapter provides an understanding of philosophical ethics sufficient for reading other chapters and sufficient to appreciate the relevance of philosophical investigations for psychiatric ethics. Philosophical reflection is not by itself an adequate basis for professional ethics, but it does facilitate impartial examination of assumptions that are commonly made in psychiatry and health care.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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