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Doctors should be morally common: a reply to Rosamond Rhodes
  1. Charles Foster1,2
  1. 1Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  2. 2Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Charles Foster, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3UL, UK; Charles.Foster{at}gtc.ox.ac.uk

Abstract

​Rosamond Rhodes contends, by reference to seven examples, that medical ethics is distinctly different from non-medical ethics. Each of those examples, on proper examination, illustrates precisely the opposite contention. It is clear not only that medical ethics relies on the same principles as non-medical (and indeed non-professional) ethics, but that it should so rely. A distinctively medical ethics would be dangerous: it would divorce ethical medical decision-making from the patients whom medicine exists to serve.

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  • Contributors CF is the sole author of this article.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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