Deimos Anomaly wrote:
What Archer and Phlox did is no different than standing on a dock with a life preserver in your hand, callously watching a man drown.
Archer is the worse for it, both because he's the captain and had final say, and because it goes against the most basic tenets of his human culture... "do unto others as you would have them do unto you". That's maybe not part of Phlox's culture, but it sure is part of Archers.
Actually it IS part of Phlox's culture. It's a cornerstone of Denobulan medical ethics that the patient's will is always the prime consideration. If a patient asks to be treated, the doctor must do it
. (Conversely, a patient who refuses treatment must also be respected in that wish.) So Phlox violated his own species' tenets in this episode as well as those of humanity!