Professor Goldworth takes up the cudgels in defence of the contemporary moral philosopher, who, he says, should indeed have a role in helping doctors to make clinical decisions based on philosophical theory; Mr. Thompson in his reply says that Professor Goldworth has misinterpreted his earlier argument. Mr. Thompson reiterates his view that the practice of medical ethics must begin with the professionals -- the doctors and nurses--although the philosopher could perhaps find himself part of a medical team. In these circumstances Professor Goldworth and Mr. Thompson would be in complete agreement. Both writers seem to be reflecting very clearly the ideas current in American and British climates of opinion.
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