Agreements and Disagreements
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1981 Dec; 7(4): 173-176.
Black, president of the Royal College of Physicians, takes issue with the contention of Ian Kennedy, the London University lawyer who delivered the BBC's 1980 Reith Lectures, that physicians rely too much on scientific problem solving at the expense of health promotion and preventive medicine. Black agrees that it is important to encourage preventive measures and to remedy inequalities of health care distribution, but argues that the British public is best served by physicians who are not unduly hampered by external regulation and are able to respond as trained professionals to the needs of individual patients. (KIE abstract)