Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor:
Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA;
David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library,
Journal Review Editor.
This book is part of the Hastings Center Studies in
Ethics series and is the result of collaboration between the Hastings
Center and the New York Academy of Medicine. It does not review the basic
principles of ethics, such as deontological or teleological theories. Instead,
it is a practical guide for developing an enlightened perspective on ethical
issues that are not always self evident.
The four principles of trusteeship, as delineated in the book, are fidelity
to mission, service to patients, service to the community, and institutional
stewardship. While the ethical thou-shalt-nots (eg, conflict of interest)
are readily apparent, other ethical issues are more elusive. Some of these
less obvious, more proactive, ethical exigencies include research involvement,
commitment to palliative care, and education of peers, patients, and the public.
Best MA. Hospital Trustees. JAMA. 2004;292(21):2661-2666. doi:10.1001/jama.292.21.2665-a