The New Medical Ethics-Reply

Roger C. Sider, MD; Colleen D. Clements, Phd
Arch Intern Med. 1986;146(8):1630. doi:10.1001/archinte.1986.00360200209038.
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In Reply.  —Dr Brody contends that medical ethicists are actively debating the very issues that we feel are excluded in the contemporary literature. But he cannot have it both ways. If these questions remain unresolved, then he and his colleagues should have cautioned the American Board of Internal Medicine,1 the members of the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine,2 and the authors of the article in the New England Journal of Medicine on the termination of lifesaving treatment,8 that there is a lack of consensus in medical ethics, thereby rendering premature the publication of ethical guidelines. If, on the other hand, there is a consensus on the new medical ethics, which we contend, Dr Brody should be prepared to have it scrutinized.Perhaps the real issue is that most of the debate among current medical ethicists occurs within a well established consensus. This


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