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Chapter 10: Searching for Doctor Good: Virtues for the Twenty-First Century

Lost Virtue

ISBN: 978-0-76231-196-5, eISBN: 978-1-84950-339-6

ISSN: 1479-3709

Publication date: 10 October 2006


The resurgence of interest in professionalism necessarily focuses us on the moral core of medicine and the character of the good doctor. While medical education reform projects aimed at educating for professionalism are replete with lists of laudable virtues necessary for the doctor, we have made little progress in mapping those character traits, values and behaviors to admission procedures, curricular reform and faculty development. If educating for professionalism is to be effective, medicine must re-claim the moral core of professionalism and identify clearly the fundamental traits, values and virtues necessary for good medical practice in the twenty-first century.


Kenny, N. (2006), "Chapter 10: Searching for Doctor Good: Virtues for the Twenty-First Century", Kenny, N. and Shelton, W. (Ed.) Lost Virtue (Advances in Bioethics, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 211-233.



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