chapter  16
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RECONSIDERING ACTION: DAY-TO-DAY ETHICS IN THE WORK OF MEDICINE

ByJohn D. Lantos

Leon Kass recently expressed some doubts about whether bioethics, as a discipline, has changed the way American doctors practice medicine, think about healing, care for the sick and suffering, or act toward patients. Kass entitled his essay “Where’s the Action?” thus challenging bioethicists to examine what they do professionally, how what they do changes what doctors do, and whether the activities of bioethics might not be marginal or irrelevant to the “real” action of medicine.