Ethical Problems Posed by Laparoscopic Surgery

  • Ronald C. Merrell
Conference paper


Ethics may be defined as a process for identifying, by consensus, the right course of action in a setting of uncertainty or ambivalence. When the right action is immediately obvious to almost anyone within a common value system, nothing is moot. Values guide us, and there is no need for ethical dialogue. The course of action indicated by a thoroughly ethical process may subsequently prove wrong. Error is not unethical. It is unethical to avoid dialogue when prevailing values fail to guide us.


Laparoscopic Surgery Ethical Problem Ethical Debate Laparoscopic Gynecology Advanced Laparoscopic Procedure 
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  • Ronald C. Merrell

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