Ethics dialogue between rich and poor countries is overdue

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7382.225 (Published 25 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:225
  1. Marianne Haslegrave (marianne@commat.org), director,
  2. John Havard, chairperson
  1. Commonwealth Medical Association Trust (Commat), London WC1H 9JP

    EDITOR—The agreement of the recent meeting organised by the European Group on Medical Ethics—that there should be more dialogue between rich and poor countries on cross cultural ethical issues—is long overdue.1 Experts on medical ethics in the developed world have consistently ignored conditions under which health care is provided in developing countries when making recommendations on ethical codes and guidelines, with the result that medical ethics is given little attention in their medical schools and may not be taught at …

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