Views And Reviews

Medicine and Moral Reasoning

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 15 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1027
  1. H S Furness

    Ed K W M Fulford, Grant Gillette, Janet Martin Soskice Cambridge University Press, £12.95, pp 207 ISBN 0-521-45946-X

    Do doctors and philosophers actually understand each other? Although medical ethics is indeed a growth industry, much medical ethical discourse is characterised by mutual incomprehension. A doctor I know said to me recently, “The trouble with philosophers is that they have no idea what real patients and real medical situations are like, and in any case I am not sure that science allows room for ethics - sociobiology is more like it.” He should read Medicine and Moral Reasoning. It discusses the causes of such incomprehension, …

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