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Emphasis has shifted from medical ethics to bioethics

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 03 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:302
  1. Richard E Ashcroft, Sir Siegmund Warburg lecturer in medical ethics (
  1. Imperial College, London W2 1PG

    EDITOR—Singer in his article on medical ethics has accurately compressed recent developments in medical ethics into a small space.1 Two important developments are, however, missing from his summary. Both have to do with a shift in emphasis from “medical ethics” to “bioethics,” as the issues he identifies have moved from being internal concerns of the professions to matters of public, political debate.

    The first is …

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