Randy Cohen, longtime "Ethicist" columnist for The New York Times Magazine and author of Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything, calls on his experience as "The Ethicist" to offer a guide to goodness on the personal and policy level.
RUCB_Alum,Economics of Waste. If you are the supplier of the wasted commodity, you profit. Society on the whole does not, to say the least.
I think I scanned his columns a couple of times, but my highly educated and very sensitive to platitudes, dishonesty, nonsense, etc. stomach ordered me to stop: "Don't you dare to read this "hug each other, smile, etc. garbage." I didn't need convincing - I stopped.
in NYC- give people the chance to do the selfish, inconsiderate thing and they will do it almost every time. sorry, but generally, people are horrible.
On the racist patient who didn't want a black anesthesiologist: They should bring in a white anesthesiologist initially to put him under, & then have the black anesthesiologist come in to do the rest of the job while the racist is unconscious. I can't decide if the black anesthesiologist should stay where the patient could see him or her afterwards, though!
@John A -
Even bigger medical economics question. Why should the American 'health bill' claim 50% more of GDP than other industrialized nations while leaving 15% of the population uninsured?
If a white patient comes in for surgery and doesn't want a black anesthesiologist it's racism if I indulge him.
If a woman comes in to the emergency room and refuses to be examined by a male physician, what is that?
What if it's a religious preference?
Bigger Medical Ethics fish to fry: Should the American economy be sunk adding 3 months to the life of 100 million people?
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