Authors' replyBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6968.1579a (Published 10 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1579
- Huw T O Davies,
- William A Macrae,
- Mina Mills
- Research fellow Department of epidemiology and public health Consultant anaesthetist Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY Former nurse tutor Blanefield G60 9JW.
EDITOR,—The main issue raised by Nicholas Albery is an age old ethical dilemma. It faces any journalist or aid agency worker when reporting or assessing the dreadful consequences of war or famine. Which is the more ethical behaviour: to intervene and help the few or to stand back and try to develop more general solutions with the potential to help many? We have no ready answer to this common dilemma but wish to make a few comments on the specifics of our study.