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12/17/2018

1 in 10 Clinicians Conceal Risks to Steer Patient Treatment

The Medscape Ethics Report 2018 shows that nearly 1 in 10 U.S. physicians conceal the risks or side effects of a treatment option to steer the patient the path the physician thinks best.

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12/16/2018

1 in 5 U.S. Clinicians Would Provide Futile Treatment

The 2018 Medscape ethics report is available. It shows that a significant percentage of U.S. physicians are willing to provide futile treatment.

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12/15/2018

IAB World Congress of Bioethics 2020

The International Association of Bioethics 15th World Congress of Bioethics will be held in Philadelphia from June 19-21, 2020.

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12/14/2018

More Brain Death Cases Going to Court

I have collected and written about a number of brain death cases that have recently gone to courts in the United States, Canada, and the UK.  But most court cases are difficult to find, because they are handled on an expedited basis in local tria...

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12/12/2018

At the End of Life: The Physician’s Role, Responsibility, and Agency

Join me in Seattle for "At the End of Life: The Physician's Role, Responsibility, and Agency." This national two-day conference is Sept. 13 and 14, 2019, at the University of Washington in Seattle. We will explore the complex issues—professional, moral, and legal—facing physicians caring for dying patients. 

Physicians have the privilege and duty to care for patients at the end of life. Sometimes a physician’s actions factor into a patient’s death; such as discontinuing life-support (including ventilators, cardiac devices, and dialysis), clinically supporting patients who voluntarily stop eating and drinking (VSED), providing palliative sedation, and in states where it is legal, prescribing a lethal dose of medication to a dying patient. These cases have clinical, legal, ethical, sociocultural, and psychological dimensions that are often challenging for physicians to navigate.

At this conference, we'll set the stage for ongoing discussion of these practices and the issues physicians caring for dying patients often face, as both medical technology and patients’ requests for planned death evolve.

Speakers other than me include (among many others):

  • J. Randall Curtis
  • Linda Ganzini
  • Timothy Quill
  • Haider Warraich



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12/11/2018

Religious Exemption from Brain Death – Taquisha McKitty

Tomorrow, the Ontario Court of Appeal hears oral arguments in the case of Taquisha McKitty. While Taquisha was determined and declared death in September 2017, she remains in the ICU at the William Osler Health System. Taquisha's family argues th...

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12/10/2018

Final Exit Network v. Minnesota – 1st Amendment Right to Advise Patients on How to Hasten Death

I attended the November 30, 2018 hearing on Minnesota's motion to dismiss Final Exit Network's challenge to the Minnesota assisted suicide statute. Below, you see FEN general counsel Rob Rivas arguing before U.S. District Court Judge Nancy E. Brasel. ...

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12/10/2018

Simon’s Law – Back in Force for 2019

The Missouri Legislature will once again consider "Simon's Law" legislation (H.B. 138) in its next session. This bill is the same as H.B. 1361 (2018). The bill prohibits a health care facility, nursing home, physician, nurse, or medical staff from ins...

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12/09/2018

VSED Dementia Advance Directive

Over at the Good Death Society Blog, Lamar Hankins has prepared a nice summary of my recent talk on "VSED Dementia Advance Directives" for the Hemlock Society of San Diego. While I identified twelve specific action items to maximize the chances you ad...

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12/08/2018

Gravestone Telephones – In Case the Dead Are Not Really Dead

After spending three days discussing brain death, it seemed fitting to encounter this gravestone with telephone at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes today.

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