Bela Blasszauer, trained in law and philosophy, is a lecturer in ethics at the Medical University of Pecs, Institute of Marxism-Leninism, Pecs, Hungary. He is the author of Good Death (Gondolat Publishing Company, 1984).
In Hungary, the Old Medical Ethics Meets the New
Article first published online: 23 MAR 2012
1986 The Hastings Center
Hastings Center Report
Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 25–27, June 1986
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Blasszauer, B. (1986), In Hungary, the Old Medical Ethics Meets the New. Hastings Center Report, 16: 25–27. doi: 10.2307/3563272
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Medical ethics in Hungary has finally moved beyond arguments over tipping and bribes to discussions of euthanasia, confidentiality, truth-telling and informed consent. Ethics committees have been formed at the local and national level, and medical schools are beginning to take seriously the systematic teaching of medical ethics. In some quarters, however, old attitudes persist. Among older doctors paternalism reigns supreme, and lawmakers continue to ignore international ethical guidelines.