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by Mark Siegler, MD

Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross graduated from the University of Zurich Medical School, did her residency training at several hospitals in New York City, and then did fellowship training in psychiatry at the University of Colorado. On completing fellowship training, she stayed on as a faculty psychiatrist at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In 1965, she was recruited to the University of Chicago as an assistant professor of psychiatry. Her first assignment at the University was as Acting Director of the Psychiatric Inpatient Service. One year later, she became Assistant Director of the Psychiatric Consultation and Liaison Service.…

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

A commentary in Nature this past week suggested that bioethics may no longer be relevant. The author argues that the pace of technological change is so fast that bioethics can’t keep up: “Bioethics, once a beacon of principled pathways to policy, is increasingly lost, like Simba, in a sea of thundering wildebeest.” The author is Sarah Franklin, a sociologist and director of the Reproduce Sociology Research Group at the University of Cambridge (UK). Her work has focused on the development of assistive reproductive technology. She holds degrees in Women’s Studies (MA), Anthropology (MA), and Cultural Studies (PhD).…

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You can read this editorial and other articles in this month’s issue of The American Journal of Bioethics.

by Tom Beauchamp, Ph.D. & James Childress, Ph.D.

We are pleased to join the editors of AJOB in marking the 40th anniversary of our Principles of Biomedical Ethics (PBE). In this editorial, we will reflect back on the book’s original publication, its development over four decades, some of its major themes, and some persistent misunderstandings. To us the publication of PBE seems like an event that happened yesterday; to the bioethics community it likely seems like a history that stretches back to the beginning of bioethics.…

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You can read this editorial and other articles in this month’s issue of The American Journal of Bioethics.

by José R. Maldonado, MD, FAPM

 “Because donated organs are a severely limited resource, the best potential recipients should be identified. The probability of a good outcome must be highly emphasized to achieve the maximum benefit for all transplants.”  (From: OPTN/UNOS Ethics Committee General Considerations in Assessment for Transplant Candidacy White Paper–2010)

The number of transplant surgeries has risen steadily in the last 30 years in the United States (US), while the availability of donated organs has not kept pace with the clinical demands.…

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A new feature on bioethics.net is to post videos of authors talking about the articles they wrote for The American Journal of Bioethics. Let us know what you think!

Authors Brent Kious & Margaret Peggy Battin discuss their recently published Target Article, Physician Aid-in-Dying and Suicide Prevention in Psychiatry. The article is available here.

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by Sheldon Krimsky

In late November 2018, Chinese scientist Dr. He Jiankui announced at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong that he had used CRISPR/Cas 9 gene editing on two female embryos that were brought to term through an in vitro fertilization (IVF) pregnancy. The world scientific community was ill-prepared for the announcement since the moral issues surrounding the editing of human embryos were under discussion but hardly resolved. The recommendation of the 12-member organizing committee of the 2015 International Summit on Human Gene Editing in Washington, DC, stated that it would be irresponsible to undertake any clinical use of germline editing unless and until the safety and efficacy issues were resolved and there was a broad consensus on the specific application, and that such use could proceed only under appropriate regulatory oversight.…

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by Suzanne van de Vathorst

In 2018, 6126 cases of physician aid in dying (PAD) (4.4% of all deaths) were reported in the Netherlands. Of these 6126 cases, 67 involved patients with a psychiatric disease. Psychiatrists reported 34 of these, general practitioners (part of the Netherlands’ extensive system of family physicians) reported 20. The Netherlands has universal health care insurance, and equitable access to good quality health care, including psychiatric care. The Dutch generally trust their doctors and assume they are doing their job with our best interest in mind. Some general practitioners may know their patients for their whole lives.…

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by Dan Diaz

My wife, Brittany Maynard, died on November 1, 2014, of a brain tumor, but she used medical aid-in-dying to insure a peaceful death and end the unbearable suffering when no other option would provide relief. After Brittany was diagnosed in January 2014, she endured an eight-hour brain surgery and we researched every treatment option that offered any hope of extending her life. But the brain tumor was growing aggressively. Brittany’s doctors informed her she had six months to live.…

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

I recently read Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World written by investigative journalist David Epstein. The crux of the book is that people with more generalized experiences in a variety of different fields tend to do be more successful in their chosen work. The further we range, the better we are.

This idea, that broad learning is beneficial is the basis of the liberal arts model—broad exposure to a wide variety of areas and learning with some depth in one discipline. This idea may seem quaint in an era when people are supposed to gain expertise as early as possible in their life and when education programs are being pressured to focus more on job training than well-roundedness.…

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by Marie E. Nicolini, Chris Gastmans & Scott Y. H. Kim

Kious and Battin (K&B) argue that psychiatric PAD (PPAD) should be legal in the US, based on a ‘parity’ argument. This is the most popular approach to argue for PPAD. What K&B add is that since, in their view, the parity argument is valid, there is a dilemma because PPAD conflicts with the practice of involuntary commitment in psychiatry. In this editorial, we sketch out the structure of the argument from parity, pointing out its challenges and limits.…

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