Lecture 1 :Biomedical ethics
Arguments from nature
- if it goes against nature = it is wrong.
- Sounds okay about euthanasia but not antibiotics, both goes
THE PRINCIPLE: If something is unnatural, it is wrong
THE PROBLEM: just b/c something is natural doesn’t mean that is it
either good or bad. Its hard to articulate what is or is not natural.
- informing the patient of her true diagnosis would only cause her
mental anguish. This mental anguish would serve to worsen her
condition, and she would gain no medical benefit from knowing
the truth. Lying to her has the best consequences. Therefore, her
doctor should lie to her.
- Doctor killing a patient in order to harvest their organ because
they have a low likelihood to live.
THE PRINCIPLE: if something has the best consequences, you should do
The problem: not only consequences matter.
“An OB/GYN informs her pregnant patient