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Nazis, Teleology, and the Freedom of Conscience: In Response to Gamble and Pruski's 'Medical Acts and Conscientious Objection: What Can a Physician be Compelled to Do?'

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Summary of "Nazis, Teleology, and the Freedom of Conscience: In Response to Gamble and Pruski's 'Medical Acts and Conscientious Objection: What Can a Physician be Compelled to Do?'"

Medical practitioners of all specialisms (e.g. RN, MD) are identified by their professional titles. Their function is determined by their regulators, and subject to voluntary employment contracts. Whilst they are expected to act in their patients' best interests, there are situations in which a physician - having human rights - can object to certain acts. This right of objetction arises from the recognition of the practitioner's own conscience rather than the end or purpose of the procedure being performed. Gamble and Pruski explore an act-centred morality, and therefore define acts as medical (and subject to compulsion) and non-medical (therefore voluntary). This analysis has merit when applied to health-systems as a whole, but fails to take into account the humanity of physicians and the specific interactions with patients in different contexts. As such, it serves as a way of compelling physicians to act against their conscience rather than protecting them.

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Name: The New bioethics : a multidisciplinary journal of biotechnology and the body
ISSN: 2050-2885
Pages: 359-373

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