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Letters Moral obligations

What about abuse other than torture?

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 24 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1610
  1. Desmond O’Neill, consultant physician in geriatric medicine
  1. 1Centre for Ageing, Neuroscience, and Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
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    Although clarifying ethical responsibilities relating to the abuse and torture of prisoners is a positive development,1 most doctors will have no exposure to such situations during their working lives. It might be helpful to consider also the moral agency of doctors and other health workers who witness, or …

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