This seminal work, Research and Ethics for the Medical Profession, shares a common thread among all its contributing authors, and that the medical and nursing profession are obligated to act compassionately, honestly, and with respect for the betterment of their patients. Doctors have a moral duty to act within the law of the land while recognizing that at times the legislature may lag behind the evolving, and at times urgent, needs of the profession. The culture of respect for ones patient is essential in the doctor-doctor relationship and preserves societys confidence in the doctor and the profession at large. Respect for the patient exists at each stage of the doctor-patient interaction as informed consent or when the patient rejects the planned procedure or requests a second opinion.
This book would provide a guide to the professional working in todays complex environment; however, the physician should always place his patient first and never be afraid to admit uncertainty or seek help.