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Ethics Consults at a University Medical Center

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 December 2009


Ethics consults at a university medical center share many qualitites with those in other settings. What makes them different, if at all, is a difference of degree, not kind. All consult services share the tasks of exploring cases for possible recommendation, contributing to the development of institutional and public policy, and educating colleagues and patients about medical ethics dimensions. Nonetheless, the university setting, devoted as it is to teaching, research, and public service, brings a slightly different focus to these tasks and adds other, peripheral ones.

Special Section: Hospitals and Moral Imperatives
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1992

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