Medical Ethics -- a Christian View
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1985 Mar; 11(1): 12-13.
The Archbishop of York, participating in a General Medical Council medical ethics education conference, suggests that all ethics, including medical ethics, has a theological dimension. Acknowledging that physicians often feel pressured to deal with medical dilemmas in a purely pragmatic way, he argues that the theological dimension can open up ethical problems and balance individual and technical considerations with human and spiritual ones. Habgood cites suffering and death, the care of handicapped newborns, the allocation of health care resources, reproductive technologies, and genetic intervention as areas of medical concern in which theological insight and awareness of a greater power can make a difference to patients and physicians. (KIE abstract)