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Clinical ethics revisited

Peter A Singer1*, Edmund D Pellegrino2 and Mark Siegler3

Author Affiliations

1 Sun Life Chair and Director, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

2 John Carroll Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University Medical Center

3 Lindy Bergman Professor of Medicine Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Ethics, University of Chicago

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BMC Medical Ethics 2001, 2:1  doi:10.1186/1472-6939-2-1

Published: 26 April 2001

Abstract

A decade ago, we reviewed the field of clinical ethics; assessed its progress in research, education, and ethics committees and consultation; and made predictions about the future of the field. In this article, we revisit clinical ethics to examine our earlier observations, highlight key developments, and discuss remaining challenges for clinical ethics, including the need to develop a global perspective on clinical ethics problems.