Conclusion

Although the development of theories of an ethic of care for healthcare is new, the idea of care has long presented a moral standard or ideal for healthcare. Although caring has been an abiding concern within nursing practice, within medicine care has sometimes been overshadowed by other ethical values and goals. The emergence of feminine ethics can play an important role in reemphasizing the value and importance of caring within medicine. However, the close association of care with gender and with the feminine voice may hinder efforts to develop a broader human understanding of care, such as the understanding of care that emerged earlier in human history.

NANCY S. JECKER WARREN THOMAS REICH(1 995) REVISED BY NANCY S. JECKER

SEE ALSO: Beneficence; Chronic Illness and Chronic Care; Compassionate Love; Emotions; Ethics: Normative Ethical Theories; Feminism; Healing; Human Dignity; Long-Term Care; Medicine, Art of; Narrative; Nursing Ethics; Obligation and Supererogation; Paternalism; Professional-Patient

Relationship; Virtue and Character; Women, Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives; and other Care subentries

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