|There are several 'cardinal
principles' of medical ethics that guide most medical interactions:
1. Autonomy: the patient decides. For this to work the patient needs to
understand the medical situation and options and be willing or able to
make a decision.
2.Non-maleficense: do no harm. Despite what lawyers will have you believe,
it is quite common for medical treatments to have side effects or result
3. Beneficence: Try to benefit the patient. The problem here is a matter
of judgment. Is prolonging the life of a suffering, dying patient, helping
4. Veracity: be honest. The problem here is that sometimes no one knows
the whole truth and sometimes the patient doesn't want to here it.
5. Justice: fair use of health care resources. How would this be
accomplished in today's dysfunctional health care system?