Zen and the Art of Medical Ethics uniquely represents the serene wisdom of Zen and samurai wisdom with the complex challenges of medical ethics.Moreover, this book points out the importance of holistic care, empathy, and understanding, reminding healthcare professionals that they treat people, not just diseases. -Amazon Review
What can a 17th century Japanese warrior teach 21st century clinicians about healthcare ethics? More than you might think.
In this fascinating book, Dr. Dominic Etli takes readers on an illuminating journey through the ethical labyrinths of modern medicine, drawing unexpected connections to the ancient wisdom of the samurai.
Blending vivid storytelling with philosophical insights, Dr. Etli reveals how timeless concepts like mindfulness, compassion, honor and justice from Zen, Bushido and the Hagakure provide invaluable guidance for today’s ethical challenges in healthcare.
Through in-depth analysis and compelling real-world case studies, the book explores essential healthcare ethics topics such as:
- The critical role of mindfulness and presence in clinical decision-making
- Striking the complex balance between compassion and justice
- Discerning between loyalty to colleagues and loyalty to ethical principles
- Cultivating daily self-reflection and moral resilience
- Fostering integrity and accountability across healthcare institutions
At times profound and humorous, Dr. Etli makes ancient samurai wisdom accessible and relevant to navigating the intricate, high-stakes dilemmas faced by modern clinicians, researchers and healthcare leaders.
Both philosophical and practical, Zen and the Art of Medical Ethics will resonate deeply with medical professionals seeking timeless ethical insights to guide them through an increasingly complex clinical landscape. It’s a must-read for anyone looking to elevate their healthcare practice with clarity and honor.
About the Author
Dr. Dominic Etli is a distinguished nurse practitioner and a respected voice in the healthcare industry. With over twenty-five years of hands-on experience, he has traversed various domains, from emergency medical services to pediatrics, emergency medicine to intensive care, and occupational medicine to health informatics. Driven by a passion for understanding the complexities of our contemporary healthcare system, he holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice, solidifying his expertise in the field.
Beyond his extensive clinical work, Dr. Etli has shared his wealth of knowledge as a nursing professor, imparting advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, and epidemiology to aspiring healthcare professionals. This role broadened his perspective, revealing the intricate tapestry of our healthcare landscape and enriching his understanding of the narratives that extend beyond individual patient care.
Throughout the tumultuous era of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Etli’s commitment to public health led him to witness firsthand the struggles of patients entangled in an unaffordable system and subjected to medications seemingly prioritizing profit over healing. Motivated by these troubling observations, he felt compelled to author his latest work.