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As the author of the case scenario, I have been asked to describe my thoughts about and reactions to the different ethical treatments of the case. What is it like to work together with a bunch of ethicists? (What is a good collective noun for ethicists: a consideration of ethicists? A quandary, or perhaps a cerebration of ethicists?) I have been fascinated, intrigued, intimidated and impressed in equal measure but above all, I have found the experience immensely enjoyable. I would like to respond to some of the issues raised in the different analyses here and hope that the reader, who has acquired this book to tap into a rich seam of ethical expertise, will bear with an often personal, sometimes perhaps a bit touchy, reaction to some of the comments.Have these different ethical approaches helped me in deciding how to manage this case? Yes, I think they have. My decision on whether to disclose Phyllis's result may not have altered but it is now more considered and I am clearer as to why I would choose to do so. I have also changed my mind about certain aspects of the case. This is, of course, not to say that I now think there is a ‘correct’ answer to the dilemma. I agree with Gillon that there is no ‘correct’ answer to a true moral dilemma but I am clearer in my own mind why I would opt for one solution rather than the other and I feel this clarity is a result of hearing and reading the different perspectives raised in these chapters.

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Book title

Case Analysis in Clinical Ethics

Publication Date





213 - 224