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Letters Ebola and ethics

Complexities in responding to the Ebola epidemic

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 26 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2792
  1. John P Woodall, visiting professor (retired)1
  1. 1Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro RJ 22610-080, Brazil
  1. jackwoodall13{at}

I disagree with Gericke in his editorial on Ebola and ethics.1 Because there was no vaccine, health workers at the front line were desperate for an effective response, so the focus on specific treatments was highly appropriate. If an effective treatment had been found, people would have seen hospitals as places to be cured rather than …

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