Critical Essay

The Use of Unproven Treatments: A Moral Dilemma

3 pages | 570 words

The essay discusses the ethical dilemma of whether or not to use unproven medical treatments. On the one hand, patients have a right to try any treatment they believe may help them, even if it is unproven; but on the other hand, doctors have a responsibility to their patients to only recommend treatments that are backed by scientific evidence. The essay argues that there are several reasons why promoting unproven treatments can be ethically justified, such as the fact that even though the efficacy of an unproven treatment has not yet been proven, this does not mean that the treatment is necessarily ineffective.