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The normative background of empirical-ethical research: first steps towards a transparent and reasoned approach in the selection of an ethical theory

  • Sabine Salloch1Email author,
  • Sebastian Wäscher1,
  • Jochen Vollmann1 and
  • Jan Schildmann1
BMC Medical Ethics201516:20

Received: 10 November 2014

Accepted: 25 March 2015

Published: 4 April 2015

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25 Mar 2015 Editorially accepted
4 Apr 2015 Article published 10.1186/s12910-015-0016-x

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Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Ruhr University Bochum, NRW Junior Research Group “Medical Ethics at the End of Life: Norm and Empiricism”, Bochum, Germany