J Med Ethics 24:13-17 doi:10.1136/jme.24.1.13
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Against medical ethics: a response to Cassell


This paper responds to Dr Cassell's request for a fuller explanation of my argument in the paper, Against medical ethics: a philosopher's view. A distinction is made between two accounts of ethics in general, and the philosophical basis of health work ethics is briefly stated. The implications of applying this understanding of ethics to medical education are discussed.