by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
10/2/15 The President issued an executive order extending the term of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (PCSBI) through September, 2017 https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/30/executive-order-continuance-or-reestablishment-certain-federal-advisory
This is a very interesting announcement since the last day Barack Obama will be the President of the United States is January 20, 2017. Astute observers will note that the Commission will be advising a new President for nine months, perhaps longer. While there has been a good deal of speculation about who that next President will be, there has, sadly, been far from adequate attention paid to who the next leaders of the commission would be under a new President.…
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Unfortunately, this is not always easy to convey to patients. Dr. Salwitz had told his patient: “You do not have to do anything. There is no law or rule requiring you to undergo aggressive therapy.” But the patient heard those words and said, to himself, “Dr. Salwitz is giving up on me.” The patient's trust in Dr. Salwitz was gone and he transferred his care to another physician.