Friday, May 9, 2008

A doctor's responsibility extends to society

Dr. Yoel Abells is a regular columnist in the national post.

Abells column from Wednesday, May 7 is a commentary of his re-reading of the book by Dr. Robert Lifton entitled Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide.

This book was possibly the best attempt at explaining why doctors, who are traditionally committed to healing and not killing, could willingly become involved in the holocaust and euthanasia killings of the Nazi era.

Dr. Abells explains that he re-read's Dr. Robert Liftons' book in relation to the recent Holocaust Remembrance Day.

This article is worth reading. Abells asserts that doctors need to be the moral conscience in our society. I agree.

The only question is - Do doctors in a post-modern society have a collective moral conscience?

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