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09/19/2018

Most-Cited Health Law Scholars

I am delighted to be listed among the top 20 most cited health law scholars in a new study on Harvard's Bill of Health. Twenty Most-Cited Health Law Faculty  in Web of Science 2013-2017 1 Studdert, David 2 Kesselheim, Aaron 3 Mello, Michell...

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09/18/2018

Status of Three Northern California Medical Futility Cases

Azalya Anderson Azalya Anderson was shot in the head by a stray bullet. Her parents originally said that they would "fight" the brain death diagnosis made by clinicians at U.C. Davis Medical Center. But they ultimately agreed to remove organ suppo...

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09/18/2018

Getting the Best Possible Organs for the Rest of Us

By Mark McQuain A recent September 6th Perspective in the NEJM entitled “Voluntary Euthanasia – Implications for Organ Donation” teases with the following lead-in:“Canada now permits physicians to hasten the death of a patient by means of physician-assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia. This development creates a new pathway for organ donation – and with it, …

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09/18/2018

How Doctors Turn Patients into Lobbyists

I recently spoke with a Washington Post reporter about a troubling practice. Physicians convince their patients to sign letters to influence public policies the patients often don’t understand. Here is the beginning of that piece. Check it out: A proposal … Continue reading

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09/18/2018

Journal of Medical Ethics – Editorial Board

I am delighted to join the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Ethics.  There are only five board members from the USA. I am in good company with Peggy Battin, Rebecca Dresser, Ruth Faden, and Bonnie Steinbock.

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09/17/2018

Another Medical Futility Conflict at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital – Kingston Holmes

On Friday, doctors at  UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital gave the parents of Kingston Holmes a letter stating "his breathing machines will be turned off on Monday, September 17 at 1pm" due to irreversible brain injury.  But Kingston's parents...

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09/17/2018

Another California Brain Death Conflict – Azalya Anderson

Perhaps due to its size, California has been the site of nearly a dozen brain death conflicts that have escalated to court. The latest dispute concerns three-year-old Azalya Anderson who was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting on Tuesday night....

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09/16/2018

New Legal Developments Regarding the Right to Die

Here are just some of the highlights of our upcoming second 2018 update to The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking

This supplement covers the most recent legal developments—judicial cases, legislation, and news accounts of important legal proceedings that are not officially reported—concerning end-of-life decisionmaking. 

Enactment of the “Our Care, Our Choice Act,” making Hawaii the seventh U.S. jurisdiction to legalize medical aid in dying with a statute modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act.

An amendment to the California penal code, clarifying that individuals acting in compliance with the End of Life Options Act cannot be prosecuted for assisted suicide.

Repeal of a Connecticut statute that had long wholly nullified the advance directives of pregnant patients.

Enactment of an innovative Alabama statute, mandating the regulatory development of a portable DNR order for minors, a Pediatric Palliative and End of Life Care Order (PPEL).

Enactment of a default surrogate statute in Nebraska.

An amendment to the Vermont advance directive statute, expanding who can explain and witness advance directives that are completed in institutional settings.

An amendment to the Vermont POLST statute, permitting out-of-state clinicians to complete and sign POLST forms for Vermont patients.

An amendment to the California advance directive form that clarifies by agreeing to make an organ or tissue donation, the donor consents to any temporary medical procedure necessary solely to evaluate and/or maintain the organs and/or tissues for purposes of donation, even if the donor has chosen to withhold or withdraw treatment.

Promulgation of Texas regulations, implementing a newly effective statute that requires clinicians to obtain patient or surrogate consent before writing a facility-based DNR order.

Establishment of Palliative Care and Quality of Life task forces in three more states.

An amendment to the Illinois Juvenile Court Act, permitting temporary custodians to make life-sustaining treatment health care decisions concerning for minors.


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09/15/2018

Ethics, Conflict and Medical Treatment for Children – From Disagreement to Dissensus

Readers of this blog should find this book of interest and value:  Ethics, Conflict and Medical Treatment for Children - From Disagreement to Dissensus. Description What should happen when doctors and parents disagree about what would be be...

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09/14/2018

Fordham University’s Fr. Bryan Massingale, S.T.D. Responds to Concerns on Retreat for Gay Priests, Brothers, and Deacons

Fr. Bryan Massingale, S.T.D., Professor and  James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics at Fordham University, responded to concerns about a retreat he will be leading in early October. The retreat, titled “Living in Truth: The Call to Authenticity,” is offered for gay priests, brothers and deacons. It is sponsored by New Ways […]

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