Dr. Yang pulls Dr. Burke aside to talk to him about their patient. She is confused about why Dr. Burke is not scheduling surgery while the patient is getting worse. She expresses her feeling that the patient only seems to be in the hospital to die.
Season 1 Episode 4
1. Why does Dr. Burke refuse to tell Dr. Yang details about why the surgery is not being done? What ethical principle(s) is he motivated by?
2. What is the purpose of medical treatment? If a patient has chosen to die, is it the business of medicine to use resources to ease that patient’s suffering even though the patient has chosen to forego life-saving intervention?