Reverend Jim Voluntarily Came Into The Emergency Room With

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Reverend Jim voluntarily came into the emergency room with gastric discomfort and was restrained by hospital orderlies to be examined against his will. This examination supposedly led to Reverend Jim’s recovery of a gastric bleed that may have cost him his life. In this paper I will explain through ethical theories why the doctor’s paternal intervention of Jim was not justified even if it saved Jim’s life. This will be explained through ethical theories of justification. Counterpoints in favor of the ethics of Jim’s restraint will also be discussed. Like most ethical dilemmas, there are alternate views to this question. When asked if this case could be ethically justified, Biology pre-dental student Ben Branson said, “ Yes, I believe…show more content…
The Doctor has saved Jim’s life even though it was without Jim’s consent. It is Jim’s request of not having anything forced down his throat that has been violated in order to save his life. This was a teleologically ethical move because although The Doctor caused Reverend Jim harm in the process, the outcome in the end was of much bigger consequence than Jim’s want hate for “anything being put down his throat.” When looking at Deontological ethics, the doctor has seriously breached his ethical obligations. As a doctor, it is his duty to respect the consent (or in this case, the lack of consent) of the patient. Respecting his patient’s consent is The Doctor’s role related responsibility. Dr. Jharna Mandal, a medical doctor and microbiologist wrote in the article Utilitarian and Deontological Ethics in Medicine, “The doctor-patient interaction or relationship is by nature, deontological since medical teaching practices inculcate this tradition, and when this deontological practice is breached, the context of medical negligence arises. This tradition drives clinicians to do good to patients, strengthening the doctor-patient bond” (Mandal). In context of this argument, The Doctor’s decision was neglectful of his duty of strengthening a doctor-patient bond. Consideration and responsibility are both virtues that virtue ethics holds in high regard (Shannon 32). Under virtue ethics, this move was

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