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Reasoned and reasonable approaches to ethics in undergraduate medical courses
  1. A G Sutton
  1. Correspondence to:
 A G Sutton
 Child Psychiatrist University of Manchester, Manchester, UK; adrian.sutton{at}

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Why is it that despite having many of the same concerns on how ethics may be included in undergraduate medical curriculums, I write to state my concerns on Cowley’s formulation and conclusions.1

I think my main problem is with an argument that starts from a position of criticising “universalising”, but offers as a substitute the idealising of another universality—“their own healthy intuitions and vocabulary”. What is it that can help in promoting an appreciation of what may be a “healthy”, as opposed to an “unhealthy”, intuition? At the risk of immediately undermining my argument by indulging in psychoanalytical …

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