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Particularly these days, as a Presidential election is nearing, the politics of abortion is now in the forefront though it always has been a political and religious issue. Even, from an ethics point of view, the debate has been engaged as to whether a ...

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So here is the party line on the newest generation of cancer drugs.  Unlike older generation drugs, which are generalized poisons, newer cancer drugs hone in on very specific molecular targets.  Because of this specificity, they have fewer "o...

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So here is the party line on the newest generation of cancer drugs.  Unlike older generation drugs, which are generalized poisons, newer cancer drugs hone in on very specific molecular targets.  Because of this specificity, they have fewer "o...

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08/15/2012 Island Time
As one might expect, much of medical training occurs in the inpatient setting. Teaching hospitals, brimming with an elaborate hierarchy of trainees and supervisors, offer a critical mass of patients and pathology. Typically these patients present with exceptionally complex histories and comorbidities enriching the substrate of the teaching environment. Counter-intuitively, most doctors do not work […]

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This graphic modified by me from the graphic in an article in the July 30, 2010 New York Times sets an area of discussion on this Patient Modesty thread which we should settle by some consensus.  Those with such intense physical modesty conce...

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What is the appropriate role for a clinical ethicist, impartial consultant or patient advocate? This question is raised by a newly published Target Article and is hotly debated in commentaries that appear in the August issue of The American Journal of Bioethics.

In addition, this issue also discusses physician responsibility in cases where medical technologies or interventions may result in persons with a different identity than they might have had otherwise. This so-called “non-identity problem” is debated by disability scholars, sociologists, philosopher and others in the August issue.

Take a look around bioethics.net and see what else this month’s issue holds in store for you.…

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