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A role for kindness and curiosity in healthcare
  1. Katherine Cheung
  1. Department of Bioethics, New York University, New York City, New York, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Katherine Cheung, Bioethics, New York University, New York, NY 10012, USA; kc5251{at}


In his paper ‘Ethical problems with kindness in healthcare’, Jesudason sets out an interesting examination of the concept of kindness, arguing that it poses significant ethical challenges due to its discretionary nature. I suggest that kindness, a concept difficult to define, may still have a role to play in healthcare. Different treatments of kindness show us that it need not be discretionary, and that kind care can be provided to all. Finally, curiosity may also have a role to play in medicine to help promote inclusiveness.

  • Ethics- Medical

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  • Contributors KC is the sole author.

  • 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.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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