Prof. Shabih Zaidi’s Book on Ethics in Medicine published by Springer


Prof. Shabih Zaidi’s Book on Ethics in
Medicine published by Springer

LONDON: Prof. Shabih H.Zaidi, an eminent ENT surgeon from Pakistan currently settled in United Kingdom is one of the pioneers who started talking about Medical Ethics in Pakistan in late 80s and in early 90s, he co-authored a book on “Medical Ethics in the Contemporary Era” which was published by Pakistan Medical Journalists Association. The co-authors of this book were Dr. Maqbool H.Jafary, Dr. Unaiza Niaz and Mr.Shaukat Ali Jawaid. His continued interest in ethics has now resulted in his second book on the subject “Ethics in Medicine” which has been published by the world renowned medical publishers Springer. This is in fact a unique honour and privilege for Pakistani physicians.
The subject of medical ethics has now assumed much more importance due to the revolution and innovations in medical technology, its increasing use in medical practice. Introduction of managed healthcare in which the physicians play the role of a health provider and the patient has become a client, the whole concept of ethics has undergone an enormous change. The patients now being much more aware of their disease has forced the physicians to practice defensive medicine to save them from litigations. This latest book by Prof. Shabih H.Zaidi discusses a wide range of important ethical dilemmas in the provision of modern healthcare. He has also covered some historical aspects i.e. ethics through the ages besides the role of ethics in the evolution of medicine. Principles and sources of medical ethics as well as different religious and secular perspectives have been explained in detail. Ethical concerns in relation to a variety of specific issues have been examined in detail which includes human experimentation, stem cell research, assisted reproductive technologies, termination of pregnancy, rationing of healthcare, and euthanasia besides quality of life issues. The fact that Prof.Shabih H.Zaidi has been practicing medicine now for many decades in different cultures and countries, his passion for religious works, his keen interest in philosophy, literature, poetry, history has further enriched the contents of this book on Ethics.
The book has been divided in ten parts. A glance at the contents reveals a wide variety of topics which include Ethics in early period, in Greek period- Sophists and Socrates, the Arab period the Bacon- Childress and Beauchamp. Part covering Ethical theories includes virtue ethics: Metaphysics of ethics, Analysis of secular and religious thought, Faith- a virtue and Work ethics-inter professional ethics. Sources of pillars of medical ethics, Justice – a pillar of ethics. Distributive justice and international clinical trials have been covered in part three. Next part relates to Indo-Muslim culture and its impact on ethics, normative principles of Islamic ethics, Universalism of Relativism besides Medical Ethics in a pluralistic society.
Role of Ethics in the evolution of Medicine has been given due importance covering subjects like Research Ethics, Human experimentation, the scourge of drug trials, Human embryonic stem cell research, Stem cell in cultivation of sensory organs, Cybird: is science going mad? Teaching medical ethics: A teaching module based on PBL, Good medical practice, Nebuchadnezzar and the Hammurabi code. Assisted Reproductive Technologies i.e. Eugenics, IVF, Pre-genetic diagnosis and termination of pregnancy are discussed in the Reproductive Health section. Organ Transplantation, Managed HealthCare, Rationing services within limited resources, Futility of treatment, Therapeutic Nihilism, Care of the elderly and Quality of Life issues, Assisted life prolongation, End of life issues, DNR, Palliative care, Discreet euthanasia, Lessons drawn from Duae Makaram Al Akhlaq, Hippocratic oath and the Muslim Oath are all covered in detail.
Published by Springer this 320-page Book will be extremely useful for medical specialists, all healthcare professionals including medical students, nurses, paramedics and readers interested in philosophical, theological, secular and social issues. Physicians in Middle East and Indian sub-continent will find it of special interest though many healthcare professionals in Europe and USA will also find it quite informative and interesting to read. For further details visit