Lance K. Stell, PhD
To the Editors: Drs. La Puma and Schiedermayer (1) describe what they clearly hope will become a new clinical subspecialty—ethics consultation. They claim that this new subspecialty addresses a class of distinctive and important clinical problems—ethical dilemmas. They imply that these problems may overmatch the competence of the primary physician. They claim that a body of theoretic knowledge (biomedical ethics) whose academic foundation offers rational guidance for resolving clinical ethical dilemmas has been established. Finally, they claim that a new, rudimentary clinical discipline (ethics consultation) whose practitioners have "demonstrated ability" in resolving ethical dilemmas has been established. Indeed, the authors
Stell LK. Ethics Consultation. Ann Intern Med. 1991;114:807–808. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-9-807
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(9):807-808.
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