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International Journal of Applied Philosophy

Volume 12, Issue 1, Spring 1998

Gary J. Foulk, M. Jan Keffer, Harry L. Keffer
Pages 79-87

The Perception of Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice
Empirical Diagnosis and Philosophical Therapy

The empirical diagnosis presented in this paper is based on interviews with nurse practitioners and physicians designed to elicit their perceptions of the nature and role of ethical dilemmas in clinical practice. Having selected five of these perceptions or views which were common and significant. the philosophical therapy offered consists in, first, a general discussion of ethical dilemmas, and second, a critical analysis of each of the five views with the aim of pointing out confusions and errors, the recognition of which can be of applied and practical help in the clinical setting.

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