Young Black Jack: Ethical Conflicts

Young Black Jack's Hazama

Hazama’s willpower is what make this show interesting to watch, I think. Heavily injured in a bomb blast when he was just eight, Hazama fought hard to regain his mobility. He was desperate to be normal again and able to move. Few years later as a medical student, he fought hard again. This time is to save lives despite being repeatedly told of his unlicensed status.

His willpower, however, is what brought up the ethical issues surrounding his medical practices.

Now, I don’t know anything about being a doctor or a medical student. I don’t know the lines of what’s legal or not. But from what’s being repeatedly suggested here, I’m thinking Hazama is bordering on being extremely closed to never being able to obtain license in his entire life.

Young Black Jack

Here’s why.

For those who watch the series, conflicting it may seem, Hazama refused to operate on a runaway soldier in episode 3 because he’s still a medical student. However, on numerous accounts, he’d operated on various patients who needed medical attention wherever he is. In the very first episode, he was already warned about being reported to the cops!

Then in second episode, Hazama was even toying with idea of doing a heart transplant when he doesn’t have the qualification in the medical field. Although he didn’t go through with it in the end, what he instead has done was also questionable even if it’s for the greater good.

Ethical here means being in accordance with the accepted principle of right and wrong that govern medical profession. Clearly, what Hazama did is wrong. But he is saving lives. He is giving hopes and taking away despairs from his patients.

Young Black Jack

Besides Hazama’s side gigs, Young Black Jack also brought up some of the painful truths about life circumstances of rich people versus poor. The cult’s old man had money and would do anything to obtain a healthy heart to extend his lifespan while Raymond-san desperately seek to raise fund to cure his daughter’s illness. Through illegal means, both of them met and the latter agreed to offer his healthy organ in exchange for money to support his family.

What Hazama’s doing in Young Black Jack can be seen as heroic because at the end of the day, he is risking his life and future to help his patients. He has a heart only beating to help those in need. Too bad wrong is still wrong in the eyes of ethics and law.

So what do you think, readers? If you’re in Hazama’s shoes, will you be going against what is right to do what clears your conscience? You know you have the skills to save that dying person. What you lack is a qualified license. Would you risk it all to save the man?


2 thoughts on “Young Black Jack: Ethical Conflicts

  1. Goosebumps is the first film I’ve seen that actually recreates the charm of something like The Goonies or Gremlins and successfully updates it rather than merely imitating it.

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