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>Defining "political bias" bias

>Bioethics.net blog, by the editors and pseudoeditors of the American Journal of Bioethics, has another hit piece aimed at the current administration, referencing that stellar peer-reviewed medical and scientific journal, Glamour Magazine. It seems that the author of the Glamour article) (Brian Alexander, who writes sometimes politically biased sci-tech articles for Wired magazine and has … Continue reading

Defining "political bias" bias

Bioethics.net blog, by the editors and pseudoeditors of the American Journal of Bioethics, has another hit piece aimed at the current administration, referencing that stellar peer-reviewed medical and scientific journal, Glamour Magazine. It seems that the author of the Glamour article) (Brian Alexander, who writes sometimes politically biased sci-tech articles for Wired magazine and has … Continue reading

>Less than animals, still?

>SR answers “Humans less than animals?” by arguing for his own personally held view (or even a “consensus” of personally held views) with minds such as Peter Singer and H. Tristan Englehardt. The latter’s qualifications for person hood moves well into childhood. If you move away from what we know of embryology, comparative anatomy, and … Continue reading

Less than animals, still?

SR answers “Humans less than animals?” by arguing for his own personally held view (or even a “consensus” of personally held views) with minds such as Peter Singer and H. Tristan Englehardt. The latter’s qualifications for person hood moves well into childhood. If you move away from what we know of embryology, comparative anatomy, and … Continue reading

Texas Advance Directive Act – in its own words

§ 166.046. PROCEDURE IF NOT EFFECTUATING A DIRECTIVE OR TREATMENT DECISION. My comments are interspersed and at the bottom. Emphases are mine. (a) If an attending physician refuses to honor a patient’s advance directive or a health care or treatment decision made by or on behalf of a patient, the physician’s refusal shall be reviewed … Continue reading

>Steril cord blood collection

>Just a bit of nerdiness. (Did I mention that I love gadgets?) I hadn’t thought of this, but there’s been a problem collecting cord blood from babies born by Ceasarian section. The blood has to be collected in a sterile surgical field. Medical News Today has an announcement by ViaCellabout their new device developed to … Continue reading

Steril cord blood collection

Just a bit of nerdiness. (Did I mention that I love gadgets?) I hadn’t thought of this, but there’s been a problem collecting cord blood from babies born by Ceasarian section. The blood has to be collected in a sterile surgical field. Medical News Today has an announcement by ViaCellabout their new device developed to … Continue reading

>Newborns less than animals?

>SR and Michael have been commenting on Wednesday’s post, “What are human embryos?” Neither one of them are impressed enough with my argument that the protection of all humans is justifiable, simply because the human has human parents. Actually, one of the best markers of what is “human” is that we, alone of all the … Continue reading

Newborns less than animals?

SR and Michael have been commenting on Wednesday’s post, “What are human embryos?” Neither one of them are impressed enough with my argument that the protection of all humans is justifiable, simply because the human has human parents. Actually, one of the best markers of what is “human” is that we, alone of all the … Continue reading

>Arbitrary? Unilateral?

>Take a look at this conversation, at “The Cheerful Oncologist”. I have often wished that my patients’ bodies had read the books and articles that I have. In anthropomorphic fits, I am certain that if their bodies knew better, I wouldn’t even have a job. At the very least, I wish that decision-makers – both … Continue reading

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