The Uncommon Ethics of the Medical Profession: A Response to My Critics

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In responding to my critics, James Childress, Tom Beauchamp, Soren Holm, and Ruth Macklin, I reprise my arguments for medical ethics being an uncommon morality. I also elaborate on points that required further clarification. I explain the role of trust and trustworthiness in the creation of a profession. I also describe my views on the relationship of the medical profession to the society in which medicine is practiced. Finally, I defend my claim that medical ethics is constructed by medical professionals for medical professionals by describing the profession's unique vantage point for regulating and policing the profession's uncommon powers and privileges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-219
Number of pages8
JournalCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2022


  • James Childress
  • Ruth Macklin
  • Soren Holm
  • Tom Beauchamp
  • common morality
  • medical ethics
  • uncommon morality


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