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05/20/2015

Physicians Should Not Act Like Judges (video)

I love this scene (among others) from "Whose Life Is It Anyway?"   Sculptor Richard Dreyfus is paralyzed after a car accident.  He decides he wants to die.  But as the film's title suggests, his physician has other ideas.

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05/19/2015

New Educational Module from the Bioethics Commission on Informed Consent in Neuroscience Now Available

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) has posted to Bioethics.gov a new educational module on informed consent. The module accompanies the Bioethics Commission’s two-volume report Gray Matters: Integrative Approaches for Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society (Gray Matters, Vol. 1) and Gray Matters: Topics at the Intersection of Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society […]

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05/19/2015

Aruna Shanbaug Dies after 42 Years in PVS

Aruna Shanbaug has died in Mumbai after spending 42 years in a vegetative state.

Shanbaug suffered brain damage from a sexual assault and strangling in 1973 by a cleaner at the hospital where she worked. She remained in a vegetative state in Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial Hospital until her death this week.  (Wall Street Journal)


In 2011, the Supreme Court considered Shanbaug’s case after her biographer and friend, Pinki Virani, filed a petition asking judges to order the hospital to stop feeding her and “allow her to die peacefully.”  But, as I wrote at the time, the court denied Virani's petition.


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05/19/2015

Monet and Camille [EOL in Art 9]

Monet lived to 86.  But his wife Camille Doncieux died at just 32.

“Camille Monet sur son lit de mort,” or “Camille on Her Deathbed” (1879) is one of Monet’s most powerful paintings of his wife.


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05/19/2015

Monet and Camille [EOL in Art 9]

Monet lived to 86.  But his wife Camille Doncieux died at just 32.

“Camille Monet sur son lit de mort,” or “Camille on Her Deathbed” (1879) is one of Monet’s most powerful paintings of his wife.


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05/19/2015

Should someone who does not want biological children be diagnosed as infertile?

<p style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><span style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">In my </span><a style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;" href="/BioethicsBlog/post.cfm/how-should-we-define-infertility-and-who-counts-as-infertile">last blog</a><span style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">, I discussed some of the problems with the definition of infertility, including that it is based mainly on women's bodies, which implies that men are less likely or not likely to be infertile, and it is based on heterosexual activity, which implies that single individuals and/or individuals in the LGBTQ community cannot experience infertility. I also distinguished between physiological infertility (i.e. infertility due to a biological condition such as low sperm count or blocked tubes) and social infertility (i.e. situational infertility, such as whether one has a partner and if so, if that partner is fertile and together one and one’s partner have the “right” parts to reproduce biologically). In this blog, I want to reflect more on that it means to be infertile and how the role social desire (i.e. the social desire to have biological children) plays in diagnosing this condition.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><span style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">Imagine two women with the same exact circumstances: they are both 30 years old, in long term heterosexual relationships, and have been having unprotected sex regularly for the last 3 years. The only difference is that one woman, Jessica, wants to have biological children, while the other woman, Katie does not. Should they both be classified as infertile? How does their desire to have or not have biological children shape their medical diagnosis? Should their partners be labeled as infertile too? Does it matter whether Jessica and Katie are physiologically or socially infertile in classifying them as infertile? Does their partners’ interest in having biological children or lack thereof factor into determining if Jessica and Katie are infertile?</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;"><strong style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px; color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI's online graduate programs, please visit our <a style="text-decoration: underline; color: #000099;" href="/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px; color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;"> </span><span style="font-size: 11.1999998092651px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px; color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"> </span></p>

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05/18/2015

Whispering of Death [EOL in Art 8]

Arnold Böcklin painted this self-portrait in 1872.  Since there seems to be only one string left on the violin, it seems that death is whispering, "I'm coming for you soon."


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05/18/2015

Texas House Votes to Narrow Futility Law

On Friday, the Texas House of Representatives passed H.B. 3074.   As I blogged earlier, this bill would exempt clinically assisted nutrition and hydration from the scope of life-sustaining treatment subject to Tex. Health & Safety Code 1...

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05/17/2015

History of Cardiac Arrest and Its Effect on Contemporary Medicine (video)

Recently, at the MacLean Center's end-of-life series, Daniel Brauner offered a compelling history of cardiac arrest and its effect on contemporary medicine.  

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05/17/2015

Death Will Come for You [EOL in Art 7]

Edvard Munch painted "By the Deathbed in 1895. Here the focus is not so much on the person who has died, but rather on those who have come to grieve him. While the first four mourners from the left are focused on the person who has died, the fifth mou...

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