In a critique of my work on ‘taking the blame’ as a response to medical errors, my position on the potential goods of individual responsibility and blame is challenged. It is suggested that medicine is a ‘team sport’ and several rich examples are provided to support the possible harms of practitioner self-blame. Yet, it appears that my critics have misunderstood my demands and to whom they are directed. With this response, I offer several clarifications of my account, as well as a reiteration on the role of self-blame after medical error.
- medical error
- moral psychology
- applied and professional ethics
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Contributors I, DWT, am the sole author of this manuscript, by virtue of conducting all relevant research and writing.
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