THE IVOR BROWNE CASE
Sir, - I was astonished and repulsed to read the report of the Ethical Committee of the Medical Council into the behaviour of Prof Ivor Browne in telling the truth about Father Michael Cleary in the interests of the health and well being of two of his patients. In addition to their apparent ignorance of some basic ethical concepts, I find their recommendation that Dr Browne should be forced to engage in a one to one instruction course in medical ethics both impertinent and ridiculous.
I would be much happier if in the light of their behaviour they would disband themselves and go quietly, but if not perhaps they would develop the humility to engage themselves in some one to one tuition on human ethics. - Yours, etc.,