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Suffering, compassion and ‘doing good medical ethics’
  1. Paquita C de Zulueta
  1. Correspondence to Dr Paquita C de Zulueta, Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College, Imperial College Charing Cross Campus, Reynolds Building, St Dunstans Road, London W6 8RP, UK; p.dezulueta{at}


‘Doing good medical ethics’ involves attending to both the biomedical and existential aspects of illness. For this, we need to bring in a phenomenological perspective to the clinical encounter, adopt a virtue-based ethic and resolve to re-evaluate the goals of medicine, in particular the alleviation of suffering and the role of compassion in everyday ethics.

  • Clinical Ethics
  • Human Dignity
  • Moral Psychology
  • Philosophy of the Health Professions

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