WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT ETHICS, BIOETHICS, MEDICAL ETHICS, ETHICISTS AND HOSPITAL ETHICS COMMITTEES?
As of this date, this blog has been up for 5 1/2 years and contains over 750 threads on ethical issues. And you, the visitor, may have been to this blog previously or this may be the first time that you came. Why did you come in the first place? Was it to learn about bioethics in general or specifically to follow up on some topic which interested or challenged you? And what do you know and understand and think about ethics, bioethics, medical ethics, ethicists and hospital ethics committees?
Do we need ethics when most countries have laws which may trump any consensus of the society as to what is ethical and what is not? Anyway, if we do have ethics and some moral consensus in certain areas, who really are the ones to set those moral boundaries? Is the people or should it be the philosophers or other professionals or even those who call themselves ethicists? And who are ethicists and what do they do or what are they supposed to be doing? What makes it our responsibility to make sure that we stay within those boundaries? Have you heard about ethical issues in medicine? what do you think about them? Do you think that those working in the medical profession are ethical? And has anyone ever talked to you about hospital ethics committees and what they do and what they do not do. Do you believe that hospital ethics committees are the "death panels" that are frequently talked about these days? Do you think that ethics is too much about death and dying and not about living a good life? Can you have a good life and still be ethical?
Many questions and there are many more, but I would most appreciate knowing what you think and asking me what you would like to know. I'll try to explain what I know. ..Maurice.