A Doctor's Dilemma

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Scenario: You are a doctor at a top hospital. You have six gravely ill patients, five of whom are in urgent need of organ transplants. You can’t help them, though, because there are no available organs that can be used to save their lives. The sixth patient, however, will die without a particular medicine. If s/he dies, you will be able to save the other five patients by using the organs of patient 6, who is an organ donor. What do you do?
 

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Ethics says you save the 1 if the medicine is available.
 

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Save the 6th. The 5 people in need of organs are out of luck. A favorable net outcome doesn't justify murder in this case when the 6th person is completely unrelated to the dilemma of the first 5.
 

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Save the 6th. The 5 people in need of organs are out of luck. A favorable net outcome doesn't justify murder in this case when the 6th person is completely unrelated to the dilemma of the first 5.
If I've read this right I think it's what I said also.
 
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