The Strange Case of Dr. B and Mr. Hide: Ethical Sensitivity as a Means to Reflect Upon One’s Actions in Managing Conflict of Interest
- Marie-Josée Potvin
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Dr. Jekyll, in the classic 19th-century The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Stevenson 1991), transforms himself from a respectable social figure into a horrifying monster, Mr. Hyde, leaving readers in such a state of surprise that they can only be astounded at this moral ambiguity:
If each [Jekyll and Hyde], I told myself, could but be housed in separate identities, life would be relieved of all that was unbearable; the unjust might go his way, delivered from the aspirations and remorse of his more upright twin; and the just could walk steadfastly and securely on his upward path, doing the good things in which he found his pleasure, and no longer exposed to disgrace and penitence by the hands of this extraneous evil (Stevenson 1991, 43).
The Dr. B case, presented by Winch and Sinnott (2011), is an interesting perspective from which to illustrate this sense of discomfort or surprise about personal behaviour, showing as it does a common tendency to apprehend delicate e ...
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Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
Volume 9, Issue 2 , pp 225-227
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- Ethical sensitivity
- Professional ethics
- Conflict of interest
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- 1. Programmes de bioéthique, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128, succ. Centre-ville, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3C 3J7