Great Need, Scarce Resources, and Choice: Reflections on Ethical Issues Following a Medical Mission

Ravi R. Thiagarajan, Mark A. Scheurer, and Joshua W. Salvin

The Journal of Clinical Ethics 25, no. 4 (Winter 2014): 311-13.



      Medical missions to provide cardiac surgical procedures in developing and technologically less advanced countries is a great challenge. It is also immensely gratifying, personally and professionally. Such missions typically present significant ethical dilemmas, especially making difficult choices, given limited time and resources, and the inability to help all children in need of cardiac surgery. We describe some of these issues from our perspective as visiting cardiologists.

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