PRINCIPLES OF CLINICAL ETHICS AND THEIR LEGAL DIMENSIONS IN NIGERIA
‘’If God infuses a soul in a growing baby, at what stage does it happen? When babies die, do their souls grow into adults or remain babies forever?’’ These questions arise when you can save only one life in a troubled pregnancy.
Ethics of clinical practice have become enormously important as the great advances of science and technology have changed the practice of medicine. Clinical ethics, which used to be passed between professional generations through prolonged apprenticeship, is in danger of being seriously compromised when its volume, complexity and importance have greatly increased beyond the traditional bedside manner. The period of learning ethics has been shortened as emphasis on Consultant appointment has shifted from apprenticeship to promotion based on academic achievements and ranked earnings often accelerated by “industrial strikes’’. The result is that many practitioners achieve the Consultant status ahead of sound professional maturity.
Unless the profession pays greater attention to the teaching of clinical ethics and it legal trappings, the medical profession is in danger of losing the love and respect it has enjoyed in all societies from its inception. This book presents a theoretical and practical guide with live examples.
It is a valuable companion to “The Code of Medical Ethics in Nigeria”.