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Medical ethicists do not conform to stereotypes in ER

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 29 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:315
  1. Melanie H Wilson Silver, health care ethics consultant (
  1. 175 Asbury Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234, USA

    EDITOR—Having worked in an American hospital for seven years as an ethicist, I find Macnair's assertions in her article on medical ethics to be inaccurate.1

    She states: “US ethicists lurk around the hospital armed with a bleeper waiting to be called whenever an ethical dilemma crops up.”

    We neither lurk in the corridors nor tout for business. Macnair implies that we rush furtively from one potential crisis …

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