, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 225-227
Date: 21 Mar 2012

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

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Introduction

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 ...

The original article by Sarah Winch and Michael Sinnott, published in the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 8(4): 389–391, can be located at DOI 10.1007/s11673-011-9332-0.