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11/29/2012

THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST MEETS WATERMELON MAN

I saw the US premiere of Mira Nair's film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, at the 2012 Mill Valley Film Festival.  The film is an adaptation of the novel by the same name written by Mohsin Hamid. It is the story of the radicalization of a young Paki...

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11/29/2012

Contracts for Pain Meds?



Lindsay Tice

Sun Journal

November 18, 2012


In an effort to combat Maine’s high rate of prescription drug addiction, doctors are asking patients to sign a controlled-substances agreement that, in part, allows the doctor to ask for a blood or urine sample at any time to ensure patients are taking their pills, rather than selling them, and are taking those pills only.


Link: Pain Contracts – Unintended Consequences, Richard Payne, MD, The Bioethics Channel, April 29, 2010

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11/27/2012

An Ethical Blindness



November 15, 2012


The Commission’s findings and ethical assessment of those events, documented in its report “Ethically Impossible” STD Research in Guatemala 1946 to 1948 (released September 2011), illustrate how the quest for scientific knowledge without regard to relevant ethical standards can blind researchers to the humanity of the people they enlist into research.


Link to Podcast: The Moral Culpability of Guatemala, Summer McGee, PhD, The Bioethics Channel, September 19, 2011

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11/27/2012

The Social Construction of Cancer – Part 3

Editor's Note: This is the third of four installments from guest blogger Dwai Banerjee, a doctoral candidate in NYU’s department of social anthropology. Images illustrated by Amy Potter, courtesy of Cansupport. Part III In a later visit with the homecare teams, I met Rajesh - a 29-year-old man who has been battling cancer since his […]

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11/26/2012

The "Slow Code" Debate


Robert Cribb

Toronto Star

November 25, 2012


Dr. John Lantos, director of the Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center in Kansas City and co-author of a journal article titled “Should the ‘slow code’ be resuscitated?” says the clandestine practice is happening far more than medical professionals openly concede.


“People say, ‘We’d never do a slow code. But they also say they stop resuscitation after three or five minutes. “I think it’s appropriate to do that. I just think it’s politically incorrect to admit the real rationale. They’re stopping because CPR is futile and inhumane.”


Link to Podcast: Resuscitate the Slow Code? John Lantos, MD, The Bioethics Channel, November 9, 2012

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11/26/2012

Deepwater Horizon Explosion: Challenges for Bioethics

On November 15, the Department of Justice announced that BP Exploration and Production Inc. agreed to plead guilty to 11 counts of felony manslaughter, one count of felony obstruction of Congress, and violations of the Clean Water and Migratory Bird Tr...

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11/22/2012

Ethical Design for Cluster Randomized Trials

A team led by our friend and colleague Charles Weijer at the University of Western Ontario has just issued guideliens for what are known as “cluster randomized trials” (CRTs). See the story here: Western-led team delivers world-first ethics guidelines. CRTs are clinical trials in which randomization occurs across groups of participants, or across institutions, rather […]

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11/22/2012

British Society for Literature and Science Conference 2013 – Call for Papers


This conference would welcome perspectives from Medical Humanities.

The British Society for Literature and Science invites proposals for papers and panels to be delivered at its eighth annual conference to be held in Cardiff, 11-13 April 2013.

The BSLS Conference does not have a theme (as it its usual practise) but especially welcomes proposals on the state of the field of literature and science as well as its relation to other fields. This year we would be particularly interested to receive proposals that reflect upon the interdisciplinary study of literature and science in the context of the debate about the present position of the humanities in academia. However, the Society remains committed to supporting proposals on all aspects of literature and science across all periods.

Proposals for papers of 15-20 minutes should be sent in the body of the email text (no attachments, please), to bsls2013@yahoo.co.uk with the subject line ‘BSLS 2013 abstract’. Submissions should include the title of the paper, an abstract of no more than 300 words, a maximum of 3 keywords (placed at the end of the abstract), and the name and contact details of the speaker.

Closing date for submissions: 7 December 2012.

(Decisions will be made in January 2013)

Contributors interested in organising a panel or other special session, or who have suggestions for alternative forms of conference presentation, are warmly encouraged to contact the conference organisers. The organisers would welcome, for example, workshops on teaching literature and science, or on specific themes in literature and science that cross period boundaries, or on specific published works with considerable influence in the field. Please email the organisers on bsls2013@yahoo.co.uk, using ‘BSLS 2013 Panel’ as the subject line in email correspondence.

Funding: a bursary of £150 will be awarded to a graduate student on the basis on the paper proposals. The student must be registered for a masters or doctoral degree on 9 January 2013. The conference fee will be waived for two further graduate students in exchange for written reports on the conference, to be published in the subsequent issue of the BSLS Newsletter. If you are interested in being selected for one of these places, please mention this when sending in your proposal.
Accommodation: please note that those attending will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation. Information on selected hotels will be available shortly on the conference website. As in previous years, we anticipate that the conference will begin at about 1pm on the first day and conclude at about 2pm on the last.
Membership: in order to attend the conference, you must be a paid-up member of the BSLS for 2013. We anticipate that it will be possible to pay the £10 annual membership fee when paying the conference fee online.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Visit the conference website 

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11/22/2012

British Society for Literature and Science Conference 2013 – Call for Papers


This conference would welcome perspectives from Medical Humanities.

The British Society for Literature and Science invites proposals for papers and panels to be delivered at its eighth annual conference to be held in Cardiff, 11-13 April 2013.

The BSLS Conference does not have a theme (as it its usual practise) but especially welcomes proposals on the state of the field of literature and science as well as its relation to other fields. This year we would be particularly interested to receive proposals that reflect upon the interdisciplinary study of literature and science in the context of the debate about the present position of the humanities in academia. However, the Society remains committed to supporting proposals on all aspects of literature and science across all periods.

Proposals for papers of 15-20 minutes should be sent in the body of the email text (no attachments, please), to bsls2013@yahoo.co.uk with the subject line ‘BSLS 2013 abstract’. Submissions should include the title of the paper, an abstract of no more than 300 words, a maximum of 3 keywords (placed at the end of the abstract), and the name and contact details of the speaker.

Closing date for submissions: 7 December 2012.

(Decisions will be made in January 2013)

Contributors interested in organising a panel or other special session, or who have suggestions for alternative forms of conference presentation, are warmly encouraged to contact the conference organisers. The organisers would welcome, for example, workshops on teaching literature and science, or on specific themes in literature and science that cross period boundaries, or on specific published works with considerable influence in the field. Please email the organisers on bsls2013@yahoo.co.uk, using ‘BSLS 2013 Panel’ as the subject line in email correspondence.

Funding: a bursary of £150 will be awarded to a graduate student on the basis on the paper proposals. The student must be registered for a masters or doctoral degree on 9 January 2013. The conference fee will be waived for two further graduate students in exchange for written reports on the conference, to be published in the subsequent issue of the BSLS Newsletter. If you are interested in being selected for one of these places, please mention this when sending in your proposal.
Accommodation: please note that those attending will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation. Information on selected hotels will be available shortly on the conference website. As in previous years, we anticipate that the conference will begin at about 1pm on the first day and conclude at about 2pm on the last.
Membership: in order to attend the conference, you must be a paid-up member of the BSLS for 2013. We anticipate that it will be possible to pay the £10 annual membership fee when paying the conference fee online.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Visit the conference website 

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11/21/2012

Moral Confusion: If Non-Human Animals are Made Partly Human

It all is about the ethics of the creation of non-human animals but with human-derived parts.  Should we leave non-human animals alone to go their own way in the evolutionary pathway or should (in some cases, no longer only "can") we put human cel...

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