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"Tuesday with Morrie" Medical Ethics
Pages 8 (2008 words)
“Tuesdays With Morrie”: Medical Ethics and Recognizing the Higher Faculties of Humans [student’s name] [course] [university] “Tuesdays With Morrie”: Medical Ethics and Recognizing the Higher Faculties of Humans In the past, in order to become a great medical practitioner, one had to learn how to disengage themselves from their patient’s issues.
But with the rapid advance in biology and medicine, several ethical questions have arisen: what is the connection between life sciences and the field of law and public policy? How do the social sciences touch upon the issue of life and death? How does one care for a person who is dying? “Tuesdays With Morrie” verbalizes these connections and raises issues about gerontology, geriatrics, and end of life care. This paper outlines some of the moral dilemmas raised by the book as well as some of its implications to health care. Written by Mitch Albom in 1997 to pay for his favorite teacher’s medical bills (CNN, 2001), “Tuesdays With Morrie” has sold more than 1 million copies and is one of the top literature used to teach and cultivate critical thinking skills in undergraduate health care courses. The novel tackles the true story of Morrie Schwartz, a sociology professor of Brandeis University who developed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a summary of the weekly conversation between the author and Morrie which dealt with issues such as marriage, family, relationships, culture, love, emotions, forgiving, aging and death. ...
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