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Publication - Dr Giles Birchley

    Have We Made Progress in Identifying (Surgical) Innovation?


    Birchley, G, Huxtable, R, Ives, J & Blazeby, J, 2019, ‘Have We Made Progress in Identifying (Surgical) Innovation?’. American Journal of Bioethics, vol 19., pp. 25-27


    Jake Earl correctly identifies a range of ethical problems arising from medical innovation. The definition of innovation itself is, however, deeply problematic, contested, and contestable, and this is something we have grappled with in our own work on surgical innovation. This commentary explores what progress has been made in defining surgical innovation, considers the challenges that remain and how those challenges impact on Earl’s conclusions. It ends by considering a radical - though we think justifiable - departure from contemporary thinking by proposing the elimination of the term ‘innovation’.

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