7. Why have organizations like the WHO opposed any form of organ trading?
8. Besides the Kantian objection, what other major ethical issue currently affects regenerative medicine?
9. What does palliative medicine help recover?
10. What would most of us consider an unwelcome consequence of not retaining the acts/omissions distinction with respect to our response to famine (for example)?
- How do you generally go about establishing trust in a new relationship? Do such general considerations apply equally to the clinical relationship? How does "professionalism" relate to trust?
- Considering the "demented professor" (81) and other instances of patients whose expressed "best interests" may conflict with a clinician's therapeutic impulses: how important is the patient's present happiness, in influencing your clinical evaluation?
- What's wrong, if in fact the doctor does possess more accurate information and more relevant experience, with treating the patient after the analogy of parent and child?
- What would Dr. House do about patients who make (in his opinion) foolish decisions regarding their care? Would you hire him to work in your hospital?
- Under what circumstances would you NOT violate confidentiality and inform a patient's partner that they were HIV positive?
- What concept is more relevant in evaluating the ethical status of abortion: viability, humanity, personhood, maternal rights, or... ?
- What do you think of Thomson's violinist analogy (91-2)?
- Can a baby really have five parents (as opposed to five co-progenitors)? How do you define parenthood?
- Should surrogacy, organ trafficking, and transplant tourism be regulated? How, and by whom?
- Do you think our society has a healthy attitude towards mental illness? Is it possible to declare a politically and ideologically neutral standard of sanity?
- How would you counsel patients who insist they no longer value their "quality of life" and refuse potentially effective treatment and medication?
- Can the medical profession ever fully embrace the concept of ars moriendi, the art of dying?
- Can you imagine ever facilitating a suicide, professionaly or personally?
- Is there anything wrong with displaying cadavers in a museum exhibit (as in "Bodies: The Exhibition")? What guidelines should be followed?
Also of interest:
Drug Shortages Forcing Hard Decisions on Rationing Treatments...In a survey of cancer doctors conducted in 2012 and 2013, 83 percent of respondents who regularly prescribed cancer drugs reported having been unable to provide the preferred chemotherapy agent at least once during the previous six months. More than a third of them said they had to delay treatment “and make difficult choices about which patients to exclude,” according to a letter published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
The threat of future shortages in children’s treatments is serious enough that Dr. Peter Adamson, who leads the Children’s Oncology Group, the largest international group of children’s cancer researchers, assigned his organization to set priorities. “We’ve been forced into what we think is a highly unethical corner,” he said in an interview...
- "Why I Want a 3-parent Baby"
02/01/us/medical-costs-rise- as-retirees-winter-in-south. html?smid=nytcore-iphone- share&smprod=nytcore-iphone Data suggests that many doctors, especially those in states known as winter getaways, increase their revenues by expanding the volume of diagnostic exams.
02/01/opinion/sunday/frank- bruni-disneyland-measles-and- madness.html?smid=nytcore- iphone-share&smprod=nytcore- iphone For the sake of children’s health, let’s face facts and repudiate fiction.
- Where is the public outrage over needless suffering at the end of life?
- Promise And Problems In Personalized Medicine, WBUR On Point. Precision medicine, tailored to your genes. President Obama announces a big push. We’ll take a look at the track record and potential. Plus: we’ll look at the growing measles outbreak around the United States...
- A note from Michael Pollan: The food ethics guru notes his return to a theme he explored in Botany of Desire, ... http://bit.ly/1tXibIA
Human stem cells could be implanted in an early pig embryo, making a chimera with human organs suitable for transplant.
The president has greatly expanded a policy restricting federal aid to health organizations abroad that talk to women about abortion.
- Researchers are seeking drugs that can slow the rate of aging and the development of the debilitating chronic ailments that typically accompany it.
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is a regulatory body comprising MTSU faculty who are appointed by the University's President through the recommendations from the Institution's Faculty Senate. The IACUC is responsible for reviewing the activities that involve the use of animals to enforce humane & ethical practices to be adopted by the University employees. MTSU adopts the following minimum requirement for the Committee's constitution thereby complying with the requirements of both USDA and PHS...
Not since 2006 has the Supreme Court taken up a case involving “death with dignity” legislation — the handful of state laws that allow people to end their lives with the help of a physician. That year, the court handed a victory to death with dignity advocates, ruling that the attorney general could not bar doctors in Oregon — the first state to pass such a law — from giving terminally ill patients drugs to facilitate suicide.
It was only the third time the court had heard a case challenging such statutes, and the six-member majority tread lightly, recognizing the sensitivity of the issue.
“Americans are engaged in an earnest and profound debate,” the majority wrote, quoting from a previous opinion, “about the morality, legality, and practicality of physician-assisted suicide.”
That debate is far from resolved today — and it’s one Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to the high court, will surely be eager to weigh in on, should he win confirmation.
Gorsuch, a 49-year-old federal appeals court judge from Colorado, was tapped by Trump on Tuesday to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last year after three decades on the Supreme Court. Aside from his bona fides as a lawyer and a jurist — which may all but guarantee a favorable vote in the Senate — Gorsuch has cultivated something of an expertise in assisted suicide and euthanasia in his legal career.
[Trump picks Colo. appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court]
In 2006, the year he was nominated to the federal bench, he released a heavily researched book on the subject titled “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.” The front cover looks almost like a Tom Clancy novel, with purple all-caps block text set against a black background. But the book itself is a deep, highly cerebral overview of the ethical and legal debate surrounding the practices... (continues)