Issues pertaining to ethics in the medical field have always drawn

considerable contention. This is especially considering that medical
professionals are entrusted with the lives of individuals, where a
simple slip has the capacity of incapacitating an individual for good or
even having fatal results. On the same note, medical professionals are
required to be licensed before undertaking any procedures or being
entrusted with operating in the medical field. Nevertheless, there are
instances where students flaunt these requirements as seen in the case
of Flatliners, a 1990 thriller movie, where medical students assist each
other in flatlining and determining what lies beyond death. However,
questions abide as to whether it is ethical to operate on a patient for
a good end when one is not licensed. While there exists varied opinions
on this issue, it is ethically right to carry out the operation as long
as the operation saves the patient’s life. This is according to the
consequentialist theory.
The consequentialist theory (or consequentialism) states that the
rightness of an individual’s actions is determine don the basis of
their consequences rather than the character of the behavior. In this
case, the fact that Kevin Bacon is not a licensed medical practitioner
is immaterial when it is measured against the fact that his carrying out
the operation has had a good end. This is also the case in the movie
“Flatliners” in which the medical students are engaged in the
resuscitation of their colleagues despite the fact that none of them is
licensed to carry out these procedures. Of particular note is the fact
that the carrying out of these procedures allows the four students to
come to terms with their past, as well as right their wrongs that they
committed in their childhood.
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