David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 21 (3):393-413 (2001)
This article argues that doctors and other health care professionals should be obliged to provide emergency treatment to those in immediate and nearby need regardless of the absence of any prior professional relationship between the parties. It concludes that the common law should accordingly recognize a specific duty of ‘medical rescue’. It examines some of the conventional objections to affirmative duties, finding them unconvincing in this particular context. It draws on two recent appellate decisions, one Australian and the other English, for support, as well as on more general arguments concerning moral sentiment, professional ethics, public expectation, and respect for human rights
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
David B. Resnik (2005). The Patient's Duty to Adhere to Prescribed Treatment: An Ethical Analysis. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 30 (2):167 – 188.
Samuel J. Huber & Matthew K. Wynia (2004). When Pestilence Prevails Physician Responsibilities in Epidemics. American Journal of Bioethics 4 (1):5 – 11.
Matthew K. Wynia (2007). Ethics and Public Health Emergencies: Encouraging Responsibility. American Journal of Bioethics 7 (4):1 – 4.
Michael L. Gross (2008). Why Treat the Wounded? Warrior Care, Military Salvage, and National Health. American Journal of Bioethics 8 (2):3 – 12.
Robert F. Card (2007). Conscientious Objection and Emergency Contraception. American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):8 – 14.
J. L. A. Garcia (2007). Health Versus Harm: Euthanasia and Physicians' Duties. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 32 (1):7 – 24.
Heidi Malm, Thomas May, Leslie P. Francis, Saad B. Omer, Daniel A. Salmon & Robert Hood (2008). Ethics, Pandemics, and the Duty to Treat. American Journal of Bioethics 8 (8):4 – 19.
I. I. Smith, Utility and the Principle of Medical Futility: Safeguarding Autonomy and the Prohibition Against Cruel and Unusual Punishment.
Michael J. Meyer (1992). Patients' Duties. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 17 (5):541-555.
Edwin C. Hui (2005). Doctors as Fiduciaries: Do Medical Professionals Have the Right Not to Treat? Poiesis and Praxis 3 (4):256-276.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads33 ( #44,458 of 1,089,085 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #42,836 of 1,089,085 )
How can I increase my downloads?