In the 16 years since the publication of the first bibliography for C-L ethics training by Preisman et al (1999), much has changed, including the name of our subspecialty to “psychosomatic medicine” (PM). In 1999 it was possible to review the core publications in the field in a single article. It is a testimony to the exponential growth of the field of clinical ethics in general, and to papers related to the training of PM physicians in particular, that we can now benefit from an online, updatable bibliography. Similarly, the growth of specialty areas of bioethics, some of which were virtually unexplored a decade and a half ago, calls for a bibliography expanded to encompass these areas
What has also dramatically accelerated in the time since the first bibliography is the scholarly impact of the Internet and the unprecedented pace of academic publications, reflected in the inclusion of electronic resources in this supplement.
What has not changed is the significance of ethical issues and questions for the practice of PM. If anything, the need for psychosomatic physicians to be able to identify, analyze and, if possible, resolve ethical dilemmas in clinical care, education and research has become even more critical. The ability to quickly and efficiently find high-quality ethics resources is essential to this task.
In order to do justice to a very different literary landscape of contemporary clinical ethics as it interfaces with PM, we have collected references deemed particularly important and useful for learners and faculty involved in PM training programs.
We offer our best recommendations in the most salient categories in psychosomatic medicine as a starting point for teachers and students to begin their study of clinical ethics, with practical guidance for the trainee or practicing PM physician.
Our search includes articles published between 1999 and the present. We have organized the bibliography into four ethics categories—core ethics, clinical ethics, psychiatric ethics, and medical specialty ethics. The limited scope of this update is a testimony to the dynamism and diversity of psychosomatic medicine’s scholarly contributions to bioethics. We will endeavor to regularly update this online bibliography that clinicians can continually contribute to, and access, as their clinical and academic pursuits lead them. To recommend an addition to, or exclusion from, the bibliography, please send details to BioethicsBiblio@clpsychiatry.org.