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Commentary: Medical Ethics: A Distinctive Species of Ethics

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 June 2020

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1. Rhodes, R.Medical ethics: Common or uncommon morality. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 2020; 29(3):404–20CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed.

2. Charles Foster seems to take this view. He dismisses all the concrete examples of distinctive features of medical ethics offered by Rhodes as just more elaborate examples of common morality. His conclusion in this regard is, “We’re back to justification on the basis of doing good or avoiding harm.” Foster, C.Doctors should be morally common: A reply to Rosamond Rhodes. Journal of Medical Ethics 2019 (in press). Doi: 10.1136/medethics-2019-105878CrossRefGoogle ScholarPubMed.

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5. See note 1, Rhodes 2020.

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7. See note 4, Beauchamp, Childress 2013, at 410–1.

8. See note 4, Beauchamp, Childress 2013, at 410.

9. Macklin, R.Common morality and medical ethics: Not so different after all. Journal of Medical Ethics 2019 (in press). Doi: 10.1136/medethics-2019-105825CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

10. See note 2, Foster 2019.

11. Rawls, J.A Theory of Justice. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; 1971:4853Google Scholar.

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