Essay about The Ethics Of The Medical Field

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In the medical field, there are many tricky ethical situations in which the correct moral decision a physician should make in regards to a patient may not be clear. An example of this is a physician deciding to tell the family of a young boy who is dying and needs a kidney transplant that his father is a direct tissue match despite the father’s requests to not share this information with the family. Ethicists of the three branches of bioethics: Kantian, utilitarian, and virtue would all have distinct views on the morally correct decision that this physician should make.
Kantian ethicists would believe that it is wrong for the physician to hold this information from the family, but there would be some disagreement between Kanitans on whether the doctor should recommend that the father serve as an organ donor for his son in the first place. A Kantian would apply the universalizability law to test the morality of allowing physicians to lie to, or withhold information from, their patients by considering what would happen if this rule were applied to every context (Pence 6). One of the many situations that this maxim would be viewed as morally wrong would be the case of a physician lying to a patient so that he does not get sued for making a mistake. To a Kantian, the deception of this rule would eradicate the physician-patient interaction, one of the core principles of medicine, and this contradiction would make this act immoral (Pence 7). Kantian ethicists would argue that…

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