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Thursday, December 22nd 2005

Euthanasia

Did doctors in New Orleans take to euthanizing patients?

This story really doesn’t make it out to be an ethical dilemma the hospital was dealing with it. It sounds like the staff was just getting lazy but under such a situation that may not be giving these people enough credit.

Despite what may appear, from the article, as a cut and dry ethical situation I’m not sure my ethics class in medical school did one iota to make me better situated to handle a situation like the one they faced in the aftermath of Katrina. Either, by the time you get here, you have a compass of what to do…or you don’t.

Maybe the focus needs to be on doing a better job of trying to fish out who has such a compass during the admissions process for medical school rather than trying to instill it in students once they get here.

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