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Practical Ethics in Ophthalmology

ISBN: 9781643438429
Binding: Paperback
Author: Tom Harbin
Pages: 128
Trim: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Published: 12/10/2020

Who remembers the dry rules of medical ethics posted by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and other official organizations? Perhaps you remember when made to during training, only to forget soon after.

In this book, Dr. Tom Harbin outlines the many reasons medical professionals should pay more attention to those forgotten principles.

This book discusses ethical issues of day-to-day importance, such as

    • prescribing medications, recommending surgery, and adopting new procedures;
    • communicating with patients and colleagues;
    • dealing with personal problems such as substance abuse, disruptive behavior, and boundary issues;
    • and managing personal and institutional obstacles to ethics.

Become a better doctor for patients and a better colleague to peers with renewed attention to—and respect for—medical ethics.


About the Author: Tom Harbin, MD, MBA received his MD from Cornell Medical and trained in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Institute of Johns Hopkins. He practiced in Atlanta with a specialty in glaucoma for forty-two years and retired in 2018. His first book, Waking up Blind: Lawsuits Over Eye Surgery, was published to wide acclaim. Among many named lectures, Dr. Harbin delivered the Claire and Allan Jensen Lecture in Professionalism and Ethics in 2017. His other titles include The Business Side of Medicine: What Medical Schools Don't Teach You and (with co-author Duffy Jones, DVM) The Business Side of Veterinary Medicine: What Veterinary Schools Don't Teach You


"Dr. Harbin translates the lofty ideals of ethics into the everyday practice of ophthalmology. This book is a valuable resource and an invitation for self-reflection." - —Ruth Williams, MD, editor of EyeNet Magazine and former president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology