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Brierley et al take big polarised political debates deep into the context of paediatric intensive care. They are concerned that 'deeply held belief in religion leads to children being potentially subjected to burdensome care'. However, it can be argued that they make a mistake in categorising this as a problem derived from religion, religious belief or the depth of religious conviction. Religion here is a red herring.

Original publication




Journal article


J Med Ethics

Publication Date





585 - 586


Cloning, artificial reproduction, biotechnology, resource allocation/priority setting, virtue theory and bioethics, Cultural Diversity, Ethics, Clinical, Humans, Religion and Psychology, Social Values, Withholding Treatment