Ernest Hemingway understood courage to be “grace under pressure” and doctors, nurses and health care professionals have been profoundly courageous in the face of the Covid 19 pandemic. It is too early for philosophical or scholarly reflection upon this crisis, the priority should be to find a path through it and for those of us not on the front line, to find ways of supporting those who are. In response to the outbreak of other infectious diseases, the Journal of Medical Ethics has published papers that chart a course through the ethical issues they have raised. We’re going to publish links to such papers on the JME blog and Facebook page over the coming days. We’ll be making relevant papers open access over the coming days and prioritizing new content that’s clinically relevant in the journal and on this blog.
Our thoughts are with you all.
Professor John McMillan
Editor in Chief
Open access papers:
- Calain, Philippe. “The Ebola Clinical Trials: A Precedent for Research Ethics in Disasters.” Journal of Medical Ethics 44, no. 1 (2018): 3.
- Dawson, Angus J. “Ebola: What It Tells Us About Medical Ethics.” Journal of Medical Ethics 41, no. 1 (2015): 107.
- Binik, Ariella. “Delaying and Withholding Interventions: Ethics and the Stepped Wedge Trial.” Journal of Medical Ethics 45, no. 10 (2019): 662.