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Editor's Choice

Learning for life

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:0-f
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor (

    As doctors, how much should our moral values influence our clinical decisions?

    When the footballer George Best was given a liver transplant for alcoholic liver disease, there were many dissenting voices. His continued drinking after the transplant further inflamed the moral outrage. A precious resource had been wasted, so people said, on a man who had brought his condition on himself and failed to change his lifestyle.

    Commenting on his own similar case in our interactive case report, the patient, A Bond, doesn't think he should receive a transplant if he continues to drink, or even if he stops drinking (p …

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