An Ethical Debate: Ethical issuesBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6983.858 (Published 01 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:858
- John Davis, professor emeritus of paediatricsa
- a Cambridge CB2 5JE
Two sets of ethical principles have to be considered in this case: those which have come to be accepted criteria for genetic screening, and those underlying medical ethics. Since presence of the responsible gene is necessary, but not sufficient, for the development of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; and since the condition is currently untreatable once it has developed, the screening criteria are not met. That does not, of course, preclude the …
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