A Short History of Health Care Ethics

Martin Johnson, Emeritus Professor of Nursing, University of Salford

Link to A Short History of Health Care Ethics event
Wednesday, 7th February, 2018
16:00 - 17:30
Riverside Campus, CRV016

As he’s not a real philosopher Martin will use only very few Latin phrases like primum non nocere, and will try not to say ‘it seems to me’ more than necessary. Hopefully in plain Lancastrian he will give an overview of the development of nursing and health care ethics, demonstrating some modest developments since the main concerns were preventing patients finding out their prognosis, the length of nurses’ dresses and the avoidance of reading gruesome surgical texts on the bus. Optimistically illustrating some evolution in attitudes, for example to honesty with patients, he will question the role of professional bodies in setting the ‘rules’ for health care ethics, arguing that in the real world most health care decisions are most satisfactorily made by busy clinicians on the basis of probable benefits and harms. 

Host: Faculty of Health and Social Historical Society

The University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care (FHSC) Historical Society aims to unite individuals with an interest in medicine, nursing, midwifery and social work across the University and the wider community. The Society meets regularly for a range of talks and discussion and anyone with an interest in health and social care or social history is welcome to attend.

Admission free but booking necessary.

Please contact Roger Whiteley (r.whiteley@chester.ac.uk, 01244 511619) to confirm your place.

Please use city centre car parks or public transport for the Riverside Campus (formerly County Hall) and access to the lecture room is through the main entrance, opposite the River Dee. The address is: University of Chester, Riverside Campus, Castle Drive, Chester CH1 1SL.

 The Faculty of Health and Social Care Riverside Museum will also be open between 1pm and 4pm.

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