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06/24/2016

Doctors Can’t Be Trusted to Tell Patients Whether They Should Receive Robotic Surgery

Patients often rely on physicians for information about their treatment alternatives. Unfortunately, that information is not always objective. Consider a man with early stage prostate cancer interested in surgical removal of his tumor, but uncertain whether it is better for … Continue reading

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06/24/2016

Christ Disputing with the Doctors

This painting (National Gallery of Scotland) from the 1400s depicts "Christ Disputing with the Doctors."  The conflict between religion and medicine is a common theme in many recent brain death and futility conflicts.  

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06/23/2016

Santa Claus Revives Dead Children

I was surprised to see this Gerard David painting at the National Gallery of Scotland.  The 1510 painting from the Netherlands depicts St. Nicholas dressed as a bishop reviving three boys who had been murdered and salted down for meat during a fam...

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06/22/2016

Balancing the benefits and harms of advances in medical technology

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the annual summer conference of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. This year’s conference was titled Transformations in Care, and it was focused on how medical care is changing and the ethical challenges that go along with those changes. As usual, the conference was excellent with thought-provoking speakers and interesting workshops and paper presentations. One of... // Read More »

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06/22/2016

Public Education and Misinformation on Brain Death in Mainstream Media

The results of this study in Clinical Transplantation should come as no surprise.  Mainstream media provides poor education to the public on brain death.  The authors argue that because public understanding of brain death impacts organ and t...

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06/21/2016

Five Active Brain Death Cases in US Courts

There are at least five ongoing US court cases involving brain death.  They can be grouped into three categories: Is Family Consent Required for the Apnea Test? 1.  Alex Pierce (San Bernardino County, California Superior Court, though thi...

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06/21/2016

Time to Heal

Hearing the Call:  A Feature on How Physicians and Medical Educators Came to Understand their Vocation By Deb Roman The children tried to cope, but at times, the best they could do was to go into a room and scream, sometimes for more than an hour, emerging exhausted and distant.  They struggled to find comfort […]

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06/21/2016

Its not just mental health studies: Doctors rarely ask adolescent patients about their sexual orientation & LGBT youth are afraid of bias

A recent report underscores the paucity of mental health research relevant to LGBT patients.  According to Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D., Director of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education this unfortunate situation is not unique to research studies. “In our … Continue reading

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06/21/2016

Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Brain Death

Several weeks ago, Harvard Bioethics produced a recorded seminar on "Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Brain Death." 

The panelists were Qing Yang, MD, PhD (Department of Anesthesia, Massachusetts General Hospital) and Robert D. Truog, MD (Director, Center for Bioethics and Professor of Medical Ethics, Anaesthesiology & Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; Senior Associate in Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston).

Even in the US, some controversy persists over the conceptual defensibility of brain death. Around the world, the philosophical defensibility of brain death is even more debatable. Watch as Dr. Qing Yang presents data regarding the adoption of brain death in China. She discusses cultural differences between Chinese and US medical professionals and patients that inform policy and law when it comes to brain death. Dr. Bob Truog, a prominent brain death critic, replies.



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06/21/2016

Organ Harvesting in China

On June 13, 2016 the House of Representatives passed HR 343, “Expressing concern regarding persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in the People’s Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.” )  In part, the bill “calls on the United States Department of State to... // Read More »

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