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- 'a perceived duty to save endangered life where possible' (Bochner et al., 1994, pp901)
- 'the sense of immediate duty that people feel towards those who present themselves to a health service with a serious condition' (Nord et al., 1995b, pp90)
- 'an ethical imperative to save individual lives even when money might be more efficiently spent to prevent deaths in the larger population'(Doughety, 1993, pp1359)
- 'the powerful human proclivity to rescue a single identified endangered life, regardless of cost, at the expense of any nameless faces who will therefore be denied health care' (Osborne and Evans, 1994, pp779)
- McKie, John & Jeff Richardson (2003) "The Rule of Rescue" Social Science & Medicine Volume 56, Issue 12, June 2003, Pages 2407-2419
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