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Preface 1. The Dental Profession and Professional Ethics 2. Professional Ethics, Professionalism, and Patient Trust 3. The Questions of Professional Ethics 4. The Relationship between Patient and Professional5. The Central Practice Values of Dental Practice 6. Ethical Decision-Making and Conflicting Obligations 7. Patients with Compromised Capacity 8. Working Together 9. Bad Outcomes and Bad Work10. Managing an Ethical Dental Practice 11. Society's Health Care Resources and Access to Oral Health Care 12. Care of Patients vs. Third Party Payers and Other Bureaucracies 13. The Wrong Message and Why It Matters 14. The Obligations of Dentistry's Professional Organizations 15. Self-Formation and Dentistry's Future: Professionalism or Commercialism Appendix: Resources for Dental Professional Ethics and Professionalism Education Bibliography Index About the Authors

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David T. Ozar, PhD, FACD (hon), FACLM (hon), taught professional and social ethics in the Philosophy Department of Loyola University Chicago from 1972 to 2015 and was director of Loyola's Center for Ethics and Social Justice, 1993-2006. He was the founding president of the American Society of Dental Ethics, is an honorary Fellow of the American College of Dentists, and has lectured and published widely on the ethics of the dental profession.David J. Sokol, DDS., JD, FAGD, deceased, was a dentist with decades of private practice experience and was also in the practice of dental and medical health and malpractice law in Highland Mills, New York. Donald Patthoff, DDS, FACD, FAGD, has been a general dentist in government, non-profit, and private practice settings since 1971. He has served in many leadership roles within organized dentistry at local, state, and national levels, and in national and international ethics organizations. He is a frequent author and lecturer on dental ethics and serves as the ethics chair of the Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg WV and for several other organizations.


"Unique and innovative in its approach to presenting the information in the form of cases in each chapter. It has been around for nearly 20 years as a resource on dental ethics and professionalism. . . . This is considered a 'gold standard' among the books in this field." * Doody Enterprises *

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