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01/21/2017

"Mary Kills People" – New TV Series on Underground Physician Aid in Dying

A new video series has just been launched in Canada: "Mary Kills People."  

This is a character-driven, six-part television event follows Dr. Mary Harris – An overworked single mother and ER doctor who also moonlights as an underground angel of death – working outside the law assisting patients who want to die on their own terms. So far Mary has managed to stay under the radar but business is booming, and her double life is getting complicated.




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01/20/2017

Montana Tackles Medical Decision Making for the Unbefriended

Senator Olszerski Following the model of recent legislation in Colorado, Montana is now considering a bill (S.B. 92) that outlines a mechanism for authorizing medical treatment for incapacitated patients with no available authorized surrogate or gua...

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01/19/2017

Terri Schiavo Archive at Ave Maria University

Ave Maria University has opened its archive of court filings and documents surrounding Terri Schiavo’s case.

The Terri Schiavo Archive contains documents and court filings related to the Terri Schiavo case. The collection includes letters and cards of support, magazines, newspapers, VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs, articles of clothing, and other items that were collected by the Schindler family from various sources in support of Terri Schiavo. 

The Terri Schiavo Archive consists of 31 boxes total, listed below by title/contents:

  • Terri Schiavo Court Filings 1990-1999
  • Terri Schiavo Court Filings 2000-2001: Guardianship Pleadings and R. Wendland Case
  • Terri Schiavo Court Filings and Misc. Files 2002-2006
  • Terri Schiavo Court Filings 2nd DCA, Affidavits-Individual, Terri’s Doctors’ Declarations
  • Terri Schiavo Court Filings Supreme Court of Florida/Supreme Court of U.S., 2nd District Court of Appeal
  • Terri Schiavo Support and Donation Letters #1
  • Terri Schiavo Support and Donation Letters #2
  • Terri Schiavo Support and Donation Letters #3
  • Terri Schiavo Support and Donation Letters #4
  • Terri Schiavo Support and Donation Letters #5
  • Terri Schiavo Support and Donation Letters #6
  • Terri Schiavo Support and Donation Letters #7
  • Terri Schiavo Support and Donation Letters #8
  • Terri Schiavo Support and Donation Letters #9
  • Terri Schiavo Support and Donation Letters #10
  • Terri Schiavo Support and Donation Letters #11
  • Terri Schiavo Support and Donation Letters #12
  • Terri Schiavo Newspapers
  • Terri Schiavo Newspapers #2
  • Terri Schiavo Newspapers #3
  • Terri Schiavo Files from Patricia Anderson, Esq. #1
  • Terri Schiavo Files from Patricia Anderson, Esq. #2
  • Terri Schiavo Bob Schindler, Sr. Files #1
  • Terri Schiavo Bob Schindler, Sr. Files #2
  • Terri Schiavo Bob Schindler, Sr. Files #3
  • Terri Schiavo VHS Tapes #1
  • Terri Schiavo VHS Tapes #2
  • Terri Schiavo Magazines
  • Terri Schiavo Misc. #1
  • Terri Schiavo Misc. #2
  • Terri Schiavo Misc. #3


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01/18/2017

Handbook of the Philosophy of Medicine

Now available - Handbook of the Philosophy of Medicine - 68 chapters spanning over 1000 pages.

This is the first wide-ranging, multi-authored handbook in the field of philosophy of medicine, covering the underlying conceptual issues of many important social, political and ethical issues in health care. It introduces and develops over 70 topics, concepts, and issues in the field. It is written by distinguished specialists from multiple disciplines, including philosophy, health sciences, nursing, sociology, political theory, and medicine. 

Many difficult social and ethical issues in health care are based on conceptual problems, most prominently on the definitions of health and disease, or on epistemological issues regarding causality or diagnosis. Philosophy is the discipline that deals with such conceptual, metaphysical, epistemological, methodological, and axiological matters. 

This handbook covers all the central concepts in medicine, such as ageing, death, disease, mental disorder, and well-being. It is an invaluable source for laypeople, academics with an interest in medicine, and health care specialists who want be informed and up to date with the relevant discussions. The text also advances these debates and will set the agenda for years to come.

Philosophy of Medicine and Bioethics
Schramme, Thomas

Normality as Convention and as Scientific Fact
Chadwick, Ruth

On Concepts of Positive Health
Nordenfelt, Lennart

Disease as Scientific and as Value-Laden Concept
Kingma, Elselijn

Mental Disorders as Genuine Medical Conditions
Wakefield, Jerome C.

Curing and Healing: Two Goals of Medicine
Szawarska, Dorota

Illness and Its Experience: The Patient Perspective
Carel, Havi

Nursing as Caring
Sellman, Derek

Goals of Medicine
Schramme, Thomas

Suffering: Harm to Bodies, Minds, and Persons
Hofmann, Bjørn

Disability as Medical and as Social Category
Edwards, Steven

Subjective and Objective Accounts of Well-Being and Quality of Life
Schramme, Thomas

Pain as a Subjective and Objective Phenomenon
Dekkers, Wim

Death as Biological Category
Holland, Stephen

Suicide
Edwards, Steven

Enhancing Human Abilities and Characteristics Beyond Normality
Bloodworth, Andrew

How Can Aging Be Thought of as Anything Other Than a Disease?
Caplan, Arthur

Human Organisms from an Evolutionary Perspective: Its Significance for Medicine
Ananth, Mahesh

Human Nature as Normative Concept: Relevance for Health Care
Austriaco O.P., Nicanor Pier Giorgio

Conceptions of Health and Disease in Plants and Animals
Lerner, Henrik

Genetic Information in Medicine: Its Generation, Significance, and Use
Clarke, Angus

Conceptualization of Genetic Disease
Dekeuwer, Catherine

Mind-Brain Dualism and Its Place in Mental Health Care
Matthews, Eric

Memory, Identity and Dementia
Walker, Simon (et al.)

Children Are Not Small Adults: Significance of Biological and Cognitive Development in Medical Practice
Larcher, Vic

Extending Human Life as an Aim of Medicine
Holm, Søren

Holism in Health Care: Patient as Person
Woods, Simon

Hope, Despair, and Other Strategies of Patients
Boyd, Kenneth

Dignity of the Patient
Edgar, Andrew (et al.)

The Living Body and the Lived Body in the Clinical Encounter: How Does the Body Shape Ethical Practice
Legrand, Dorothée

Trust and Mistrust Between Patients and Doctors
Saunders, John

Spirituality in Health Care
Paley, John

Dying and the End of Life
Stacey Taylor, James

“Lives at Risk” Study: Philosophical and Ethical Implications of Using Narrative Inquiry in Health Services Research
Khanom, Ashrafunnesa (et al.)

Delusions: A Project in Understanding
Fulford, KWM (et al.)

Impairments of Personal Freedom in Mental Disorders
Schlimme, Jann E.

Mental Capacity of Adult Patients in Health Care
Hewitt, Jeanette

Patients’ Responsibility for Their Health
Langanke, Martin (et al.)

Applying Medical Knowledge: Diagnosing Disease
Stempsey, William E.

Technology and Dehumanization of Medicine
Lee, Keekok

Professionalism in Health Care
Edgar, Andrew

Skilled Know-How, Virtuosity, and Expertise in Clinical Practice
Braude, Hillel D.

Meaning and Use of Placebo: Philosophical Considerations
Louhiala, Pekka (et al.)

Philosophical Issues in Nanomedicine
Lenk, Christian

Philosophy of Sports Medicine
Camporesi, Silvia (et al.)

Medicine as Art and Science
Bærøe, Kristine

Biomedical Reductionist, Humanist, and Biopsychosocial Models in Medicine
Ghaemi, S. Nassir

Medical Theory and Its Notions of Definition and Explanation
Hucklenbroich, Peter

Cultural Influences on Medical Knowledge
Hughes, David

Hippocrates and the Hippocratic Tradition: Impact on Development of Medical Knowledge and Practice?
Marcum, James A.

Causation and Correlation in Medical Science: Theoretical Problems
Russo, Federica

Evidence-Based Medicine in Theory and Practice: Epistemological and Normative Issues
Rogers, Wendy (et al.)

Randomized Trials and Observational Studies: The Current Philosophical Controversy
Howick, Jeremy (et al.)

Statistical Generalizations in Epidemiology: Philosophical Analysis
Russo, Federica

Personalized Medicine: Conceptual, Ethical, and Empirical Challenges
Schildmann, Jan (et al.)

Synthetic Biology and Its Envisioned Significance for Modern Medicine
Braun, Matthias (et al.)

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Its Relationship to Western Medicine
Louhiala, Pekka

Psychoanalysis as Science
Hoffmann, Martin

WHO’s Definition of Health: Philosophical Analysis
Bickenbach, Jerome

Health as Notion in Public Health
Schramme, Thomas

Identity Disorders: Philosophical Problems
Upton, Hugh

Personality Disorder: Philosophical Problems
Zachar, Peter

Philosophical Implications of Changes in the Classification of Mental Disorders in DSM-5
Heinz, Andreas (et al.)

Medicalization of Social Problems
Frawley, Ashley

Changing Human Nature: The Ethical Challenge of Biotechnological Interventions on Humans
Heilinger, Jan-Christoph (et al.)

Social Determinants of Health
Venkatapuram, Sridhar

Health Promotion in Public Health: Philosophical Analysis
Allmark, Peter

Psychopathy: Morally Incapacitated Persons
Maibom, Heidi

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01/17/2017

ASBH 19th Annual Meeting – Call for Proposals

The ASBH 19th Annual Meeting will be October 19-22, 2017, in Kansas City, MO.  Come join more than 1,200 healthcare professionals, educators, consultants, and others who have an interest in the field of clinical and academic bioethics and the health-related humanities.


The call for proposals will close at 11:59 pm Pacific Time, Friday, March 3, 2017.  There are now five presentation formats.

3.5 Hour Session
These sessions are usually offered as extra-cost events before the beginning of the annual meeting proper. Pre-conference sessions usually focuson teaching content knowledge, developing a skill, or assisting members with a project. Your description should address why the content is best presented in a 3.5 hour timeframe; why the target audience will come to the meeting early and pay more for this session; the methods you will use to build skills or transmit information; and the specific expertise or background that qualifies the faculty to teach this workshop.

90 Minute Session
90 minute sessions are designed for instruction and interaction and may be used for workshops or longer panel presentations. Presenters may engage and involve the members of the audience for a significant portion of the session in small group activities, breakouts, role play, audience feedback, or discussion of cases or other content, design of materials and models, and similar forms of interactions. These sessions are limited to 4 presenters, preferably from multiple disciplines and institutions.

60 Minute Session
The ideal 60-minute session compares and contrasts a variety of perspectives on a cohesive theme or includes presentations that are cross-disciplinary and build on one another. Panels are limited to 4 presenters who should be from multiple disciplines and institutions. One of these 4 presenters will serve as a moderator, and will be responsible for teeing up the discussion, introducing the presenters, keeping the session on schedule, and facilitating questions and answers as time allows.

20 Minute Session
In this format, individuals will have 15 minutes to present a brief structured discussion or lecture based on a work-in-progress or a paper whose central, substantive content has not been previously published, followed by 5 minutes to address questions from the audience. Up to three presentations will be grouped in a 60-minute session or four presentations will be grouped in a 90-minute session.

5 Minute Session
In this “flash” session format, individuals will have 5 minutes to present 3 slides: one with a title and their name and institution, a second with key points on a work-in-progress or a completed project, and a third with a bibliography. Members of the ASBH Board of Directors and Program Committee will moderate presentations and interactions with the audience by approximately 10 individuals in a 60-minute session.

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01/16/2017

Trial in Dunn/Kelly Case Challenging TADA Pushed to July 2017

The lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the medical futility dispute resolution provisions in the Texas Advance Directives had been scheduled to begin this month.  But it has been pushed back to July. Check out my analysis of the constit...

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01/15/2017

2nd International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice

Join me at the 2nd International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice (ICEL 2017) from 13 – 15 September 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

This is a multidisciplinary, multinational conference, with presenting disciplines including, but not limited to, law, medicine, nursing, philosophy and bioethics, and representation spanning health and legal practitioners, academics, NGOs, and regulators and policy-makers.

Further information about registration and the conference program is available from the conference website.

The call for abstracts is now open and will close on 15 February 2017. Abstracts are particularly welcomed within the following streams:

  • Withholding and withdrawing potentially life-sustaining treatment (e.g. the “futile treatment” debate, artificial hydration and nutrition)
  • Palliative sedation
  • Advance directives and advance care planning
  • Medical assistance in dying (euthanasia and assisted suicide)
  • Other end of life law, ethics, policy, and practice issues.

This conference will be co-hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute, Dalhousie University, Canada; the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology, Australia; and the International Collaborative for End of Life Care Research (based in Belgium and the Netherlands).

For conference updates and further information please visit http://icel2halifax.ca/ or contact icel2@dal.ca

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01/15/2017

A Clinician’s Guide to Privacy and Communication in the ICU

Make your staff read this short article in Critical Care Medicine.  So many clinicians believe that HIPAA constrains their ability to communicate with patient's families far more than it really does. This expert analysis helps bust those myths. ...

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01/14/2017

Speaking of Dying – Screening in Saint Paul, MN

Film Screening and Discussion on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 7 pm - 8:30 pm at Clouds in Water Zen Center, 455 N Farrington Street, St Paul, MN 55103

Speaking of Dying” captures the importance of individuals and groups   speaking openly about all aspects of the dying process. The interviews and stories in this 30-minute documentary reveal the complexities of end-of-life  choices while demonstrating resources and attitudes that can empower us. Most of all this will help you believe that your can have a peaceful and meaningful ending that will be a gift to you and to your loved ones. 

Facilitated by Laurel Riedel, Advanced Practice RN  speakingofdyingmn@gmail.com or 612-868-4116
Find us on Facebook: Speaking of Dying Minnesota

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01/14/2017

Federal Legislation to EXCLUDE Advance Care Planning under Medicare

Congressman Steve King has re-introduced a bill to exclude coverage of advance care planning services under the
Medicare program. 

Unfortunately, King fundamentally either misunderstands or deliberately mischaracterizes the current program, which is focused on soliciting and honoring the individual's own treatment preferences, not about limiting or constraining choice in any way.

"My legislation prohibits Medicare payments for end-of-life counseling, blocking this harmful regulation before our government imposes yet another life-devaluing policy on the American people. ”   

“A year ago this month, the government increased control over one of the most highly personal healthcare decisions an individual can make when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began paying doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care."

"Allowing the federal government to marry its need to save dollars with the promotion of end-of-life counseling is not in the interest of millions of Americans who were promised life-sustaining care in their older years in exchange for their compelled funding of the program during their working years. 

"Furthermore, this exact provision was removed from the final draft of Obamacare in 2009 as a direct result of public outcry. The worldview behind the policy has not changed since then and government control over this intimate choice is still intolerable to those who respect the dignity of human life."

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