The Netherlands: Tolerance and Teaching
Hastings Center Report. 1984 Dec; 14(6): 23-24.
A Dutch ethicist offers a brief overview of bioethics activity in her country. Public attitudes toward medical controversies are marked by a willingness to debate the issues and widespread tolerance of others' opinions. The medical profession's involvement with bioethics is increasing as practitioners are faced with treatment dilemmas. Medical education is beginning to include ethics teaching, with four of the seven Dutch medical schools offering some ethics instruction, usually by a theologian. Lack of interest on the part of faculty and the small number of ethicists available to teach make it unlikely that a majority of health professionals will be exposed to ethics in the course of training. The only significant role of ethicists is as members of the Dutch Health Council, which advises the government on health issues. (KIE abstract)
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