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As the author concludes, medical ethics will probably have to embrace
international human rights if its credibility is to be enhanced and it is
to meet challenges ahead. However, at the end of the article I noticed the
interesting tale of the virtue seeking pilgrim which emphasises that
wisdom lies in the heart of man and not in laws or words.
I believe that the way human rights are 'embr...
I believe that the way human rights are 'embraced' will be the key of
the future of ethics. It is essential that the unwritten 'soul' of ethics
is not compromised by incorporating the laws of human rights. It must be
remembered that the human rights laws are only words that will be subject
to great change over the centuries ahead. For this reason medical
students must be aware of human rights laws but they must be taught ethics
independently to them, otherwise I feel the soul of ethics will be lost. Socrates, a rather well known contemporary of Hippocrates, once said: 'False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil'.
Dr B Dean