Article: W.F. May on Medical Ethics Article Review by Nicky

Looks at a medical ethics article by William F. May entitled: "Code and Covenant or Philanthropy and Contract?".
# 145780 | 1,240 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 28, 2010 in Medical and Health (General) , Ethics (General)

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This paper explains that, in his article "Code and Covenant or Philanthropy and Contract?", William F. May states his belief that the medical profession is mostly unaccountable for its actions, resulting in immediate harm to the patient and in the loss of professional reputation and public accountability. Next, the author relates that May believes that the concepts presented in the Hippocratic Oath are to blame for this situation and suggests that doctors instead have a contractual relationship with their patients. The paper praises the writings style and contents of May's chapter.

From the Paper:

""Code" refers to the code of ethics that doctors are required to follow in their relationship with their patients. This entails a rather one-sided relationship in which the doctor is required to provide patients with a particular type of care according to a set of rules. However, the problem is that the doctor also often feels obliged to act protectively towards his or her fellow medical professionals. This falls in the "covenant" category. Originally, the covenant occurs between the doctor and his or her instructors, to whom the medical professional is beholden for knowledge."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • May, William F. "Code and Covenant or Philanthropy and Contract?" Ethics in Medicine: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Concerns. Stanley Joel Reiser (Editor) et. al The MIT Press (May 15, 1977).

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