Doing everything we can: On effective altruism and medicine

By Keyur Doolabh

Ask any medical student why they decided to go into medicine, and at some point you’ll hear the phrase ‘I want to help people.’ Human motivation is a complex thing, but I don’t doubt that it’s true -most of us want to give back to the world. And on face value, medicine is a pretty good career for it; those same medical students will probably be involved in many life-saving efforts that have earned the medical profession a reputation for doing good.

But as well as being philanthropists, doctors are also scientists at heart. So what’s the evidence about how much good your average doctor will do over their career?

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