Comments on John Ladd’s ‘the Good Doctor and the Medical Care of Children’
John Ladd’s paper explores two important questions: What properly constitutes the principal aim of medicine and of the good doctor? Is there something about the medical care of patients, especially children, that requires special non-technical qualities? Frequently, answers to these questions focus on medical traditions. Ladd, however, turns to the domain of moral philosophy. I shall not iterate Ladd’s analyses and conclusions, but merely discuss a few issues which, I hope, will stimulate further reflections.