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    Principles of Health Care Ethics
    with Ann Lloyd
    Wiley-Blackwell. 1994.
    Analyzes the moral problems confronting health care practitioners from a wide variety of perspectives, especially those connected by four major ethical principles--respect for autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice.
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    Helping doctors become better doctors: Mary Lobjoit—an unsung heroine of medical ethics in the UK
    with Margaret R. Brazier and John Harris
    Journal of Medical Ethics 38 (6): 383-385. 2012.
    Medical Ethics has many unsung heros and heroines. Here we celebrate one of these and on telling part of her story hope to place modern medical ethics and bioethics in the UK more centrally within its historical and human contex
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    Clinical ethics committees--pros and cons
    Journal of Medical Ethics 23 (4): 203-204. 1997.
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    "Futility"--too ambiguous and pejorative a term?
    Journal of Medical Ethics 23 (6): 339-340. 1997.
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    It is hypothesised and argued that “the four principles of medical ethics” can explain and justify, alone or in combination, all the substantive and universalisable claims of medical ethics and probably of ethics more generally. A request is renewed for falsification of this hypothesis showing reason to reject any one of the principles or to require any additional principle(s) that can’t be explained by one or some combination of the four principles. This approach is argued to be compatible with…Read more
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    More on professional ethics
    Journal of Medical Ethics 12 (2): 59-60. 1986.
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    Do doctors owe a special duty of beneficence to their patients?
    Journal of Medical Ethics 12 (4): 171-173. 1986.
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    Commerce and medical ethics
    Journal of Medical Ethics 23 (2): 67-68. 1997.
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    Is there a 'new ethics of abortion'?
    Journal of Medical Ethics 27 (suppl 2): 5-9. 2001.
    This paper argues that the central issue in the abortion debate has not changed since 1967 when the English parliament enacted the Abortion Act. That central issue concerns the moral status of the human fetus. The debate here is not, it is argued, primarily a moral debate, but rather a metaphysical debate and/or a theological debate—though one with massive moral implications. It concerns the nature and attributes that an entity requires to have “full moral standing” or “moral inviolability” incl…Read more
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    Ethics in health promotion and prevention of disease
    Journal of Medical Ethics 16 (4): 171-172. 1990.
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    Defending 'the four principles' approach to biomedical ethics
    Journal of Medical Ethics 21 (6): 323-324. 1995.
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    This paper argues that Charlie Gard’s parents should have been the decision-makers about their son’s best interests and that determination of Charlie’s best interests depended on a moral decision about which horn of a profound moral dilemma to choose. Charlie’s parents chose one horn of that moral dilemma and the courts, like Charlie Gard’s doctors, chose the other horn. Contrary to the first UK court’s assertion, supported by all the higher courts that considered it, that its judgement was ‘obj…Read more
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    The Journal of Medical Ethics and Medical Humanities: offsprings of the London Medical Group
    with Alastair V. Campbell, Julian Savulescu, John Harris, Soren Holm, H. Martyn Evans, David Greaves, Jane Macnaughton, Deborah Kirklin, and Sue Eckstein
    Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (11): 667-668. 2013.
    Ted Shotter's founding of the London Medical Group 50 years ago in 1963 had several far reaching implications for medical ethics, as other papers in this issue indicate. Most significant for the joint authors of this short paper was his founding of the quarterly Journal of Medical Ethics in 1975, with Alastair Campbell as its first editor-in-chief. In 1980 Raanan Gillon began his 20-year editorship . Gillon was succeeded in 2001 by Julian Savulescu, followed by John Harris and Soren Holm in 2004…Read more
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    Eugenics, contraception, abortion and ethics
    Journal of Medical Ethics 24 (4): 219-220. 1998.
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    Euthanasia in The Netherlands--down the slippery slope?
    Journal of Medical Ethics 25 (1): 3-4. 1999.
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    Imposed separation of conjoined twins-- moral hubris by the English courts?
    Journal of Medical Ethics 27 (1): 3-4. 2001.
    Late last year the English Court of Appeal confirmed a lower court's ruling that doctors could impose an operation to separate recently born conjoined twins, overriding the refusal of consent of their parents. The doctors believed the operation would probably save one of the babies at the cost of killing the other, while not operating would highly probably be followed by the death of both twins within months of their birth. The parents, said to be devout Roman Catholics, believed that it was abs…Read more
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    In this issue of the journal “Lee Elder”,1 a pseudonymous dissident Jehovah's Witness , previously an Elder of that faith and still a JW, joins the indefatigable Dr Muramoto2–5 in arguing that even by their own religious beliefs based on biblical scriptures JWs are not required to refuse potentially life-saving blood transfusions. Just as the “official” JW hierarchy has accepted that biblical scriptures do not forbid the transfusion or injection of blood fractions so too JW theology logically ca…Read more
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    Case studies and medical education
    Journal of Medical Ethics 22 (1): 3-4. 1996.