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Understanding corporate responsibility: Culture and complicity

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Kipnis’s fictional account of the televised treatment of

    Elaine Robbins clearly shows the surgeon’s negligence

    (Kipnis 2011). The problems with Anodyne’s support for

    the telesurgery breakfast are harder to discern, but show

    up clearly when we take into consideration how surgical

    evidence is generated, evaluated, and used by surgeons.

    Current evidentiary practices in surgery have two major

    weaknesses, related to the epistemic culture of surgery and

    to practices of knowledge transmission. We argue that this

    is a systemic problem, which companies such as Anodyne

    both contribute to and benefit from. Thus, while we agree

    with Kipnis’s claim that Anodyne is complicit in creating

    “conditions of danger,” we believe that Anodyne’s contributory

    roles extend beyond creating moral hazards for susceptible

    surgeons and harms for individual patients.

Authors


  •   Degeling, Chris
  •   Townley, Cynthia (external author)
  •   Rogers, Wendy (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Degeling, C., Townley, C. & Rogers, W. (2011). Understanding corporate responsibility: Culture and complicity. The American Journal of Bioethics, 11 (9), 18-20.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-80052201777

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 18

End Page


  • 20

Volume


  • 11

Issue


  • 9

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Kipnis’s fictional account of the televised treatment of

    Elaine Robbins clearly shows the surgeon’s negligence

    (Kipnis 2011). The problems with Anodyne’s support for

    the telesurgery breakfast are harder to discern, but show

    up clearly when we take into consideration how surgical

    evidence is generated, evaluated, and used by surgeons.

    Current evidentiary practices in surgery have two major

    weaknesses, related to the epistemic culture of surgery and

    to practices of knowledge transmission. We argue that this

    is a systemic problem, which companies such as Anodyne

    both contribute to and benefit from. Thus, while we agree

    with Kipnis’s claim that Anodyne is complicit in creating

    “conditions of danger,” we believe that Anodyne’s contributory

    roles extend beyond creating moral hazards for susceptible

    surgeons and harms for individual patients.

Authors


  •   Degeling, Chris
  •   Townley, Cynthia (external author)
  •   Rogers, Wendy (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Degeling, C., Townley, C. & Rogers, W. (2011). Understanding corporate responsibility: Culture and complicity. The American Journal of Bioethics, 11 (9), 18-20.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-80052201777

Number Of Pages


  • 2

Start Page


  • 18

End Page


  • 20

Volume


  • 11

Issue


  • 9

Place Of Publication


  • United States