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The Virtuous PsychiatristCharacter Ethics in Psychiatric Practice$
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Jennifer Radden and John Sadler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389371

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389371.001.0001

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Psychiatric Ethics as Professional and Biomedical Ethics

Psychiatric Ethics as Professional and Biomedical Ethics

(p.11) 1 Psychiatric Ethics as Professional and Biomedical Ethics
The Virtuous Psychiatrist

Jennifer Radden (Contributor Webpage)

John Z. Sadler

Oxford University Press

This chapter places psychiatric ethics within professional and biomedical ethics more generally, and introduces the “role morality” notion: that some ethical imperatives derive from particular social roles. Some differences between psychiatry and other medical practices are illustrated through three issues: questions of patient autonomy, rules governing the ‘boundaries’ around the therapeutic relationship, and concerns over psychiatric diagnostic categories. Building on previous work in biomedical ethics, the authors adopt the methodology employed in the American Psychiatric Association's Annotations with Particular Application to Psychiatry (2001), which identifies the ethical implications of particular features distinctive to the practice of psychiatry. When practiced with severely ill patients, it is asserted, psychiatry makes extra ethical demands on practitioners.

Keywords:   annotations with particular application to psychiatry (APA 2001), biomedical ethics, diagnostic categories, patient autonomy, professional ethics, role morality, social roles, therapeutic boundaries

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