Does reading poetry make you a better clinician?Can euthanasia be understood in terms of the meaning of a life?What is the moral and existential significance of life-threatening experiences?
Australian surgeon, poet, philosopher and humanist, Miles Little addresses these and other fascinating questions in this collection of papers.
Miles Little is one of the most original and engaging voices in contemporary medical ethics and philosophy. He ranges across the sciences and the humanities, creating hybrid fields of inquiry ("ethonomics"), interrogating orthodoxies and engaging different fields of human knowledge and experience.
The papers in this collection were chosen by his readers, who also engage here with Miles Little’s work in a short commentary that follows each paper. The range of the commentators reflects the breadth of Little’s appeal and influence: academics and clinicians, philosophers and ethicists, novelists, public health practitioners and cancer survivors – each reflects, agrees or disagrees.
Like Little’s work itself, this Reader is an open and unfolding dialogue that includes many different perspectives.
Commentators include: Murray Bail, Robin Downie, Nancy Dubler, Stan Goulston, Jill Gordon, Paul Komesaroff, Steve Leeder, Paul McNeill , Gavin Mooney and Bernadette Tobin
Foreword by The Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG
Ian Kerridge, Christopher Jordens and Emma-Jane Sayers
PART 1: ETHICS IN MEDICINE
Is there a distinctively surgical ethics?
Commentaries by Michael Fearnside and Bernadette Tobin
The fivefold root of an ethics of surgery
Commentaries by Paul McNeill and Russell Gruen
Does reading poetry make you a better clinician?
Commentaries by Murray Bail, Jill Gordon and Stan Goulston
Euthanasia and the meaning of a life
Commentary by Roger Magnusson
PART 2: PHILOSOPHY AND MEDICINE
Assignments of meaning in Epidemiology
Commentary by Alison Moore and Jason Grossman
Better than numbers – a gentle critique of evidence-based medicine
Commentaries by Rachel Ankeny, Les Bokey, Robin Downie, Steve Leeder, Melissa Sweet, Rob Simons and Natalie Gray
Research, ethics and conflicts of interest
Commentary by Nancy Dubler
Logic, hermeneutics and informed consent
see Commentary by Michael Carey
Commentary by Merrilyn Walton and Michael Carey
Resource constraints and moral pressures
see Commentary by Paul Gatenby
Commentaries by Paul Gatenby and Gavin Mooney
Discourse communities and the discourse of experience
Commentary by Paul Komesaroff
PART 3: ILLNESS EXPERIENCE AND SURVIVORSHIP
Liminality: a major category of the experience of cancer illness
Commentary by Heather McKenzie
Survivorship and discourses of identity
Commentaries by Phyllis Butow, Jane Cruikshank and Samantha Miles
The skull beneath the skin
Commentary by Mira Crouch
Postscript by Martin Adson
Miles Little: A select bibliography