posted on Jun, 14 2011 @ 06:51 AM
This article primarily asks health care professionals, and health care officials, given situation X, what would you do?
I want to pose this same question to the community of ATS: Your responses are not right or wrong, but they will cause you to look at your ethics,
beliefs and your empathetic nature.
In responding, consider your answer as having an impact on society as a whole........
Scientists in the US have investigated the ways in which medical doctors and public health professionals deal with hypothetical dilemmas that require
them to decide whether to sacrifice a few for the sake of saving many. Their research extends the kind of dilemma often seen in ethics and philosophy
courses, such as the well-known footbridge dilemma, originally suggested by philosophers Philippa Foot and Judith Jarvis Thomson, in which a trolley
is about to hurtle into and kill five workers on a railway track. You are on a footbridge spanning the track and can save the workers by pushing a
large man next to you off the bridge and into the path of the trolley. The question is, is it morally permissible to kill the one to save the five?
As always, thanks for your time.