Section 10-31 - Reading Response 9 Bio&Soc205 Section 11 At...

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Bio&Soc205 Reading Response 9 Section 11 At the beginning of the semester, we discussed physicians’ difficulties in making ethical decisions due to conflicting interests. These interests could have been family, jobs, or financial incentives. This week, we look at a new conflicting interest: patriotism. The articles deal with drawing a line between patriotism and ethical treatment of the ally and the enemy. Bloch discusses the tensions existing in physician involvement in interrogation, particularly in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. He recognizes the doctor’s “psychological insight, clinical knowledge, and perceived humanistic commitment” (5) as the reason doctors may be so useful in this “necessary evil” but suggests a “separation of roles between clinical caregiving and physicians with intelligence-gathering responsibilities” (4). Gross brings up a different view. He discusses the obligation a doctor has to his own country. He states that in time of war, we abide by the utilitarianism principle. This “allows
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2009 for the course B&SOC 205 taught by Professor Hilgartner, s during the Fall '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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