Case Study Of The Ethical Dilemma Between Dr. C And His Patients

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The ethical dilemma between Dr. C and his patients Katherine K. is that he is deciding whether or not to inform his patient about the possible risk her treatment can bring upon her. This brings in conflict the principles of Beneficence and Respect for Autonomy. This ethical dilemma puts Respect for Autonomy and Beneficence into conflict because if Dr.C doesn’t tell her about the risk of her treatment it will compromise her decision of whether she wants to go with the treatment or not which would not respect her autonomy or provide her beneficence since she wouldn't know that the treatment would cause her to develop a small chance of leukemia. If Dr. C decides to tell Katherine about her risk of taking chemotherapy he would be respecting her …show more content…
Doing things that are right or wrong are not based upon consequences and that the bases of morality is about our responsibilities/duties. According to Kant, actions are determined by moral duties that are not based on one’s desire or wants nor one’s happiness and well-being but those that are based on our maxims which are rules that guide our actions. To which also include duties that are perfect and imperfect. A perfect duty are the duties that one must always follow with no exceptions, for example: to always keeps promises, to never lie. In deference to perfect duties, an imperfect duty are duties that have exceptions, those that not always have to be followed in which to help others in need and to develop and use one talents. Though moral acts are based upon maxims they are enclosed by obligations that accord to Kant’s formulation of the of the Categorical Imperative which are made up two principles in which one of them is the Principle of Humanity. The Principle of Humanity is “always to treat a human being (yourself included) and an end, and never as a mere mean” (class notes). Meaning that a person should never use or treat someone like an object but to treat and someone like they have their own goals (ends) and to be treated as an “end’’ one must have the rationality and the ability to self-govern which …show more content…
C’s responsibility would be to tell Katherine about her risk that she could experience under her possible treatment of chemotherapy. His responsibility to this principle would be to always treat her as an end by explaining to her possible risk factors because since she has a right to her own goals which is to get better she must have autonomy to make her decisions of her own health. As well that if he doesn’t tell her about the risk factors he would be lying to her in which he would be breaking his responsibility to perfect duties which is to never lie. He also wouldn’t be providing her with beneficence since he not telling her the possible risk of treatment wouldn’t be helping in her development to get better which is a violation to imperfect duties to helping others in

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