Existential Medical Ethics

by Richard George Boudreau



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/25/2023

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 234
ISBN : 9781665748339
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 234
ISBN : 9781665748346
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 234
ISBN : 9781665748322

About the Book

When you think of the words medicine and philosophy, your first thought might be that the two words aren’t related. What could they possibly have in common?

Once upon a time, however, existential philosophy and medicine were inextricably linked. In the days of ancient Greece, ancient Egypt, and even during the Renaissance, the practice of medicine without some kind of philosophical underpinning simply wouldn’t be considered.

But as our thinking moved from the spiritual to the rational, philosophy became a focus for the humanities, while medicine fell into science. That “unlinking” we have today makes visiting the doctor because you aren’t feeling very well a very trying prospect.

Richard George Boudreau, a maxillofacial surgeon, bioethicist, attorney at law, forensic expert, has numerous academic credentials, including MA, MBA, DDS, MD, JD, PhD, PsyD degrees, examines the existential philosophical underpinnings that have influenced perceptions of health, wellness, illness, and medicine since the time of the ancient Greeks in this scholarly work. He argues that interpreting and evaluating theoretical foundations and the meanings they hold are essential to defining a workable philosophy of medicine.

Find out how bringing philosophy, the mind-body connection, and other ideas into alignment with medicine can benefit patients, doctors, and the entire medical system.

“I continue to marvel at Dr. Boudreau’s brilliance, energy

and productivity.”

Barry I. Ludwig, MD

UCLA Clinical Professor of Neurology

About the Author

Richard George Boudreau is a maxillofacial surgeon, bioethicist, attorney at law, and forensic expert. He has earned numerous academic credentials, including MA, MBA, DDS, MD, JD, PhD, PsyD degrees. He holds several fellowships and is on the faculty of the U.C.L.A. Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He volunteers as a teacher and is passionate about health care, law, theology, philosophy, education, and public policy. He is a regular bioethics contributor to several magazines and newspapers and has written several other books.