medical ethics

This category contains 139 posts

Upside down ethics

That last post definitely points out the mess of current bioethics: Autonomy as the first principle, before the more traditional “Heal when possible, but first do no harm.” Is the purpose of medicine to give the patient what he or she wants, or is it to save lives and restore or maintain health? As I’ve … Continue reading

American Society of Bioethics and Humanities Convention

    I’m on my way to Cleveland, Ohio for “Future Tense,” the Annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Tonight, there’s a pre-conference symposium focusing on the novel, House of God. The book written by Dr. Stephen Bergman was a rite of passage when I was pre-med. It’s now 35 years … Continue reading

Discussion on Abortion in Australia

A med student’s blog, “Degranulated” posts his thoughts about the presence of anti-abortion protesters outside and inside his medical school. It seems that the Australian medical community is in the midst of a debate like ours on conscience rights, with new laws that impose a duty to refer and /or perform abortions on physicians. Public … Continue reading

“The motivation is abortion”

“The motivation is abortion,” says R. Alta Charo, a professor of law and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. “If the Supreme Court allows states to declare embryos as personhood, you would be in a position to say immediately that all abortions have to stop.” LifeEthics covered this story a few days ago, … Continue reading

In vitro fertilization and the beginning of life

The Los Angeles Times (a one time free registration may be required) finally notices that couples who initiate in vitro fertilization are “finding themselves ensnared in a debate about when life begins.” The proposed Colorado amendment states, “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include any human from the time of fertilization.” If it is passed, … Continue reading

>"Trained" (medical professionals) should shut up and perform

>”Trained” medical professionals should just shut up and perform, according to the President of the National Family planning and Reproductive Health Association. As mentioned in the last few posts, the right not to be forced to act against the conscience has been under attack by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The Washington Post … Continue reading

>Human-pig embryo approved in UK

>The “cybrid” or hybrid human-animal embryos are created in the laboratory by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transplantation, using emptied eggs from animals and the nuclear and cellular DNA from humans.. We know that there are currently experiments on-going with the human embryos made using emptied cow eggs (more on the “ease” of making these embryos, here), … Continue reading

>FDA goes after fraudulent cancer cures

>We were just talking about this. The Washington Post reports Neil Baker, a retired maker of truck canopies in Helena, Mont., fills about two orders a month for E-Mune through his company, Herbal Remission. It is made from bloodroot, a plant that contains sanguinarine, which has been studied for possible anti-tumor activity. He says one … Continue reading

>New Bioedge edition available

>The weekly newsletter, Bioedge, from the land down under is one of the better bioethics/biotechnology on-line newsletters. Readers who consider the pro-life movement mainly as a US political matter, may be surprised by the existence of Bioedge, since it is pro-life. The publishers’ aim is to: * to promote evidence-based ethics in medicine * to … Continue reading

>Everyone else does it

>The American Medical Association and the American Medical Student Association are both up in arms about contact between drug companies and other vendors and doctors and medical students. And yet, no one complains when a New York Times story about the fuss contains advertising. (Free registration required — is “free” anything undue influence?) I’ve said … Continue reading

If the post is missing: take the “www.” out of the url

@bnuckols Twitter