Medical Ethics

TAMUCC Medical Ethics Don Berkich
Philosophy Callahan on VAE and the Aims of Medicine Notes

The Aims of Medicine Argument
  1 If VAE is consistent with the aims of medicine, then VAE is morally permissible.  
  2 VAE is consistent with the aims of medicine.  
3 VAE is morally permissible.  

Callahan's Criticism:

Premise (2) is false, since it implies that the aim of medicine is to promote the good life and make judgments about the value of a life whereas the true aim of medicine is simply to heal the sick or injured.