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Conscientious objection in medicine: The ethics of responding to bird flu

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:425
  1. Elizabeth Murray, DH career scientist in primary care (,
  2. Paquita de Zulueta, general practitioner
  1. Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, University College London, N19 5LW
  2. Lonsdale Medical Centre, London NW6 6RR

    EDITOR—We question Savulescu's statement that a specialist valuing her own life more than her duty to her patients during a bird flu epidemic would be demonstrating values “incompatible with being a doctor.”1

    By 6 February 2006 the World Health Organization had received reports of 165 confirmed cases of avian influenza …

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