Learning for lifeBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7536.0-f (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:0-f
- Fiona Godlee, editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 …