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Getting back to basics: on the need to define care in analyses of care

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  • i A similar point regarding the need to provide clear answers to questions such as ‘to what extent do physicians have responsibilities to promote the welfare of their patients’ is made by John Saunders in his excellent commentary on Newdick and Danbury (see reference 4).

  • ii It is assumed that a definition should serve the purpose of providing an understanding of the definiendum that is sufficiently robust so as to remain usefully coherent in the face of challenges to the limits or compatibilities of the term.

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