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Bioethics to the rescue! A response to Emmerich
  1. Douglas Hardman1,
  2. Phil Hutchinson2
  1. 1 Psychology, Bournemouth University, Poole, UK
  2. 2 Department of Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Douglas Hardman, Psychology, Bournemouth University, Poole BH12 5BB, UK; dihardman{at}


In our article, Where the ethical action is, we argue that medical and ethical modes of thought are not different in kind but merely different aspects of a clinical situation. In response, Emmerich argues that in so doing, we neglect several important features of healthcare and medical education. Although we applaud the spirit of Emmerich’s response, we argue that his critique is an attempt at a general defence of the value of bioethical expertise in clinical practice, rather than a specific critique of our account.

  • Ethics- Medical
  • Philosophy- Medical

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  • Contributors Both authors are responsible for conceptualisation; formal analysis; writing the original draft; and editing.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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