Balancing benefits and harms in health care: Ethical dimension was not discussed in theme issue

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7463.458 (Published 19 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:458
  1. Richard E Ashcroft, Leverhulme senior lecturer in medical ethics (r.ashcroft@imperial.ac.uk)
  1. Imperial College London, Medical Ethics Unit, London W6 8RP

    EDITOR—The interesting selection of papers in the BMJ on balancing harms and benefits in clinical medicine and public health all seem to make a questionable assumption. While all speak of “balancing” harms and benefits, in the arguments presented the authors assume that a purely rational judgment can be made about …

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