Thursday, May 8, 2008

Who should MDs let die in a pandemic?

What a headline, right? This is an article written by the Associated Press, for better or worse. I'm focusing on the ethics of pandemic situations as my project currently, although I haven't really focused so much on this portion of the ethical issue. More to come in my presentations.
My opinion on this article is mixed. On one hand, it's good to see that physician leaders are beginning to get some press on this incredibly hard triage decision that would be faced in a pandemic. The public needs to understand how hard this decision is, and perhaps be involved in the decision process, as they have been involved in making decisions about quarantine policies. However, lots more work needs to be done in this area of concern, and this article is somewhat lacking when it comes to the hard-core ethical arguments.
Would love to hear what you all think of this issue!

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