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Letters Is bioethics a bully?

Bioethicists do participate in everyday practice

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 02 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6547
  1. Kyle W Anstey, senior bioethicist1,
  2. Linda Wright, director of bioethics2
  1. 1University Health Network: Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 2S8
  2. 2University Health Network: Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 2N2
  1. kyle.anstey{at}

Sokol claims that bioethics “adopts a paternalistic attitude towards clinicians” yet states that “clinicians are easy targets and, without a command of the fancy theories and language of the accusers, possess few means to respond formally.”1 This itself infantilises clinicians, while adopting a collaborative stance towards our colleagues.

If Sokol really wants …

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