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The family of Jahi McMath dismissed their state medical malpractice lawsuit in September 2018. After Jahi's death on circulatory criteria, the value of the case dropped to within settlement range. But the family had continued their federal lawsui...

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by Bandy X. Lee

Is Donald Trump capable of protecting the interests of the United States?  Is he capable of keeping the country safe without placing it in further danger?  Is he capable of discharging the duties of his office?  These are not comfortable questions to ask, but they are the most fundamental, and a growing number of mental health professionals and non-professionals are asking them.  Just as signs of likely criminal involvement have led to investigations through the Special Prosecutor’s office, signs of likely mental incapacity should lead to a proper examination by mental health experts.

Yet even the scant results of Mr.…

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It is with great pleasure that we announce the finalists in the Oxford Uehiro Prize for Practical Ethics 2019, and invite you to the final presentation and reception. The 5th Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics Final Presentation and Reception HT19 Week 8, Wednesday 6th March, 4:30 – 5:45 pm. The Presentation will be held […]

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While other states (notably Maine, New Jersey, and New Mexico) are working toward legalizing medical aid in dying; Montana is moving toward delegalizing it.  On Thursday, February 14, 2019, the House voted to legislatively overrule the 2009 Baxte...

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By Jon Holmlund A brief recap of reasons why we should not pursue heritable human gene editing: It seems unlikely that risks to immediately-treated generations can be predicted with the accuracy we currently and reasonably expect from human subject research and medical practice. Risks to later generations, that is, to the descendants of edited people, …

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Ray B. said in Volume 94:

If you believe Steven Miles, M.D. (“Oath Betrayed: Torture, Medical Complicity and the War of Terror”) the answer is, “All of them.” That’s hardly evidence of outliers. At the same time, however, there is reason to believe, from Milgram’s study, that the people who commit evil acts may, in fact, be outliers – it depends on the situation. 

And so where are we, as patients and our dignity, within the medical system? ..Maurice.

Graphic: From Google Images and modified by me with Art Rage.






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Many state legislatures are considering "Simon's Law" bills this session. South Dakota H.B. 1055 has unanimously passed the House and is now in the Senate. "Like other bills a parental objection "precludes the physician from instituting an o...

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This year, The Hastings Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Center was first located on the second floor of my house in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., with some overflow paperwork stored at the home of my neighborhood friend and cofounder, Willard Gaylin. Neither of us had ever run an organization or raised money. I am a… Read more

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The Montana Legislature is considering a bill that would re-criminalize medical aid in dying after 10 years of decriminalization. Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.B. 284 / L.C. 2356. The bill now goes to the full House for a vote on s...

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