(SOLVED) how might an account of the internal morality of medicine and the four-fold good of the patient help to resolve ethical problems in medicine?
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From Pellegrino’s perspective, how might an account of the internal morality of medicine and the four-fold good of the patient help to resolve ethical problems in medicine?
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The moral authority for professional ethics in medicine customarily
rests in some source `external' to medicine, i.e., a pre-existing
philosophical system of ethics or some form of social construction, like
consensus or dialogue. Rather, `internal' morality is grounded in the
pheno- mena of medicine, i.e., in the nature of the clinical encounter
between physician and patient. From this, a philosophy of medicine is
derived which gives moral force to the duties, virtues and obligations
of physicians qua physicians. Similarly, an ethic specific to the other
healing professions, law, teaching or ministry, can be derived from the
specific ends or telos of each of these professions, which like
medicine, are focused on a special type of human relationship.