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The Greater Good 

Pratt and Kovac clash over a miscarriage-prone young woman, Denny (ALLISON SMITH), who arrives to deliver a premature baby. Pratt wants to make heroic efforts to save the unborn child, ... See full summary »

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Pratt and Kovac clash over a miscarriage-prone young woman, Denny (ALLISON SMITH), who arrives to deliver a premature baby. Pratt wants to make heroic efforts to save the unborn child, while Kovac is adamantly against spending vast amounts of money to keep the forever sickly baby alive. Written by Anonymous

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The title refers to the term "greater good" usually associated with the philosophy of utilitarianism or as stated in the Star Trek universe "the good of the many out weigh the good of the one". See more »

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Dr. Gregory Pratt: She was my patient!
Dr. Luka Kovac: Yes, and if I hadn't treated her, she would still be here. Now she's at home and feeling better.
Dr. Gregory Pratt: So, that's it? This is how I'm supposed to learn? Either I do it your way or you take it away from me?
Dr. Luka Kovac: Pratt, I'm trying to teach you the way you practice medicine here is inefficient.
Dr. Gregory Pratt: Oh, and letting babies die is?
Dr. Luka Kovac: You really think you saved that kid today? For what? 24-hours nursing care. He's probably gonna require a lifetime committment. Are you gonna be around to give it to ...
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The Greater Good (#10.6)
16 April 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In this episode we get once again put before a question of whether trying to save one life which would take a lot of budget that could have helped others is ethical. It is a conflict between Luka and Pratt. Very well developed and acted as well. Sure some people disagree but I am with Pratt here. If one has a slight chance of survival one would want the doctor to help all he can and not be sacrificed. Pratt is right that Luka has a very different way of thinking about it after going to Congo.

Abby dealing with the patient who is not able to be saved but can donate his organs is also very emotional. Especially since his girlfriend is involved. I found it very touching how Abby was explaining her how all the organs will be used to save others.


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