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Taoism, bioethics, and the COVID-19 pandemic


 Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, Renaissance School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, NY, USA

Correspondence Address:
Liam C Butchart,
Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, Renaissance School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, Health Science Tower, Level 3, Suite 080, 101 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/tcmj.tcmj_77_21

The stress that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on health systems internationally has forced difficult decisions concerning the rationing of medical care and has put the bioethical structures that inform those choices under scrutiny. Often, ethical approaches to pandemic circumstances center around utilitarianism, dehumanizing the treatment process and ignoring the plurality of other philosophical doctrines that inform non-Western bioethics, which could be of use in addressing the pandemic. This paper focuses on philosophical Taoism, as developed in the Tao Te Ching and Zhuangzi, in order to suggest an alternative approach to medical care when medical capacity is limited, grounded in the concept of wu-wei, or inaction.


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