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by Daniel J Brauner, MD

Wait a minute! I made up the term DNE—Do Not ECMO—not because I thought we needed another RULE, but to motivate a cautionary tale about CPR that may help to avoid the order becoming necessary in the first place.

Cautionary Tale

Attention to the changing indications for resuscitation over its more than 200 year history reveals what in retrospect was a natural experiment performed by the American Medical Association (AMA). The AMA conceived of the Current Procedural Terminology or CPT in response to their fears about increasing government involvement with the medical enterprise. Their goal was to maintain the “private practice” model of medicine under government sponsorship by creating a list of relative values to charge for procedures.…

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

I am a man writing about abortion. I am a bioethicist outraged that a bunch of JDeities believe they know more about medicine than doctors, and more about a woman’s body than a woman living in her body. I am a citizen incensed that a bunch of legislators are trying to force their narrow view of morality on a nation that has prided itself on freedom and individual liberty. I am a scholar petrified that these moves are intended to favor one religion over all others and to subjugate women to second class citizen status.

The story begins in 2003 when the U.S.…

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I recorded this brief video that explains why medical brain death is not legal brain death.  Since most organ donors are not legally dead, there is widespread noncompliance with the dead donor rule. Consequently, we have three choices: Decide t...

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I was delighted to participate, yesterday, in Munson Healthcare's 4th Annual Clinical Ethics Conference.  A real highlight of the day was a compelling and beautifully delivered reflection from a mother, Melissa Fournier, about her very prema...

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by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

New Amsterdam (Season 1; Episode 22): Max’s Impossible Choice<; Chicago Med (Season 4; Episode 21): Choosing between life and certain death

New Amsterdam (Season 1; Episode 22): Max’s Impossible Choice

Max Goodwin is at home resting from his chemotherapy after stepping down temporarily from his medical director position. Dr. Bloom knocks on the door to talk to him and finds Max covered in blood, his wife’s. Georgia is fairly far along in her pregnancy and has experienced previa: She is bleeding out. Max calls for an ambulance which seems to be impossibly far away and unable to get there.…

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Join me for American Society for Bioethics & Humanities' (ASBH) 21st Annual Conference in Pittsburgh in October 2019.

One of the keynote speakers will be Margaret P. Battin, PhD MFA from the University of Utah. Her presentation is "Death and Sex, Using Thought Experiments with Modern Technology to Address Issues like Abortion, Infectious Disease, and Alzheimer Disease."

Take three perennial issues in bioethics that are related to death and sex: abortion, the control of transmissible infectious disease, and the challenges of long-term dementia, especially Alzheimer disease. 

Battin will supplement the usual ways we address such issues by employing a distinctive type of conjectural reasoning, the “thought experiment with normative force.” (This isn’t like the usual philosophers’ thought experiments about whether you’re a brain in a vat or have a famous violinist hooked up to your kidneys for 9 months. Not at all.) This strategy can provide insight into the nature of practical efforts to address real-world issues and expose problematic underlying assumptions that often block such efforts. 

Battin will pursue three thought experiments in rapid succession: one about abortion, another about infectious disease, and a third about advance directives for those with Alzheimer disease. Central in each thought experiment will be attention to the predictable objections they raise, the conceptual gains they yield, and the common issues they address.

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The federal government's proposed rule to disqualify families from public housing if any member is undocumented will harm children, families, and cities.

The post Forced from Home: Evicting Immigrants from Public Housing Harms Children’s Health appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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Are you ready for the 10th International Shared Decision Making Conference? Like other recent healthcare decision making conferences, ISDM 2019 will be in another beautiful location: Quebec City.

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Written by Steve Clarke,Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, & School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Charles Sturt University   Shamima Begum, who left the UK in 2015 at age 15, to join the Islamic State, has been the subject of consistent media attention since she […]

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Written by Steve Clarke,Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, & School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Charles Sturt University   Shamima Begum, who left the UK in 2015 at age 15, to join the Islamic State, has been the subject of consistent media attention since she […]

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