The Ethics of Society Rather Than Medical Ethics
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1982 Sep; 8(3): 120-121.
Responding to a preceding article by J.D. Swales, Smith argues against medical ethics as the domain solely of physicians and advocates incorporating instruction in ethical analysis into the medical curriculum. He supports Ian M. Kennedy's view that the public must determine the moral framework within which doctors may use their clinical skills, and cites British legal challenges to doctors' decisions on life and death as evidence. The author cites the Abortion Act of 1967 as a paradigm for bringing society's ethical views to bear on medical practice. (KIE abstract)