AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. December 2011, Volume 13, Number 12: 847-924.

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December 2011 Contents

The Power of Diagnosis

Ethics Poll

Medical sociologists, among others, have described a trend toward "medicalizing" normal variations in physical and mental health. For example, addiction, short stature, obesity, shyness, overuse of the Internet, and even picky eating are now being defined and treated as medical problems. Check all of the following statements that you think accurately describe this trend toward medicalization.
You are describing your frustration with the illness of a family member to your doctor, who, it so happens, had a family member with the same illness. Do you want the physician to tell you how he or she managed the problems you are experiencing?

From the Editor

What Is It?
Shara Yurkiewicz
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:849-851.

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Is Physician Self-Disclosure Ever Appropriate?
Commentary by James E. Sabin
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:852-855.

When Diagnosis is a Double-Edged Sword Listen to case and commentary
Commentary by Mary Lynn Dell
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:856-860.

A Virtue Ethics Approach to Framing Troublesome Diagnoses Listen to case and commentary
Commentary by Cynthia Geppert
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:861-865.

The Code Says

The American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics' Opinions on Disclosing Diagnoses to Patients
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:866-867.

Journal Discussion

Ethical Issues in the Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease
Matthew E. Growdon
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:868-872.

State of the Art and Science

Patient-Centered Revisions to the DSM-5
Emily A. Kuhl, David J. Kupfer, and Darrel A. Regier
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:873-879.

Challenging Diagnoses
Barry DeCoster
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:880-884.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

A Physician's Guide to Social Security Disability Determinations
Valarie Blake
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:885-889.

Policy Forum

Medicalizing Obesity: Individual, Economic, and Medical Consequences
George L. Blackburn
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:890-895.

Medicine and Society

The Rise and Impending Fall of Diagnosis as a Marker of Difference
Matt Lamkin
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:896-899.

History, Art, and Narrative

History of Medicine

The Evolution of Addiction Medicine as a Medical Specialty
David E. Smith
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:900-905.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

The Pharmaceutical Industry's Role in Defining Illness
Elizabeth A. Kitsis
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:906-911.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:912-921.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2011; 13:922-924.