Views And Reviews

Speeding through dilemmas

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 23 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:278
  1. R Chadwick

    In Hypotheticals health care professionals, ethicists, lawyers, and police were taken through situations of increasing complexity by a moderator, with a view to establishing (a) what decisions they would take and (b) what principles, if any, these decisions are based on.

    The first programme, moderated by Charles Nesson, dealt with issues of reproduction. The number of problems introduced was mesmerising: sex selection, abortion, genetic testing, drug trials on newborns, testing of a fetus to assess the possible matching for a bone marrow transplant to an existing child, postmenopausal mothers, racial matching of egg donors and donees, control of genetic information, wrongful birth, use of fetal ovarian tissue, and preimplantation selection.

    Although fascinating, the discussion, in dealing with so many issues, failed to deal thoroughly with any of them, and the principles underlying the views of the participants were insufficiently explored. Robert Winston, in …

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