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Tavistock "Shared Ethics" --- A Slippery Slope

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Editorial
Issue: 
Summer 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
2

The "shared ethics" espoused by the Tavistock Group reflect a growing collectivist attitude toward medical ethics that is destroying our profession piecemeal (" 'Shared Ethics' for all providers a Quixotic quest," Internal Medicine News, March 1, 1999, p. 5).

The medical ethics of Hippocrates are based on the individual, but groups such as Tavistock embrace a collectivist morality in which individual rights take a back seat to the rights of society, government, and insurers.