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02/25/2015

ASBH Call for Proposals Ends March 6

The ASBH 17th Annual Meeting will be October 22-25, 2015 in Houston.  The call for proposals will close at 11:59 pm Pacific Time, Friday, March 6, 2015.











ASBH represents the intersection of bioethics and humanities. It is a crossroads where we celebrate multiple disciplines and practices and professions. It is a place characterized by creative expression of every dimension of the human experience, including both suffering and healing. 

This meeting offers an opportunity to explore this space in the spirit of collegiality and inclusion, and we welcome proposals on the theme of “ethics and creative expression” and others in every submission category. 

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02/24/2015

Speaking about dignity

Several years ago, while on the verge of delivering the baby of a seventeen year old, I was taken aback by the number of friends that she had asked to accompany her at the event…an event formerly considered far more private than one in which fifteen or so friends might attend (it was a large delivery room). And speaking of private, the wording and location... // Read More »

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02/24/2015

Who Gets To Decide When To End Life Support?

Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston, is on life support after being found unconscious in her Georgia home. As the media speculates over her condition, who should get to decide when to take a patient off life support?   This...

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02/24/2015

Podcast on Healthcare.gov 3.0

The Managing Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine interviewed me about the piece I wrote, with David Comerford and Eric Johnson, on redesigning the health insurance exchanges. For those of you with long commutes, here is that podcast: … Continue reading

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02/23/2015

Printing Resources & Prosthetic Hands

When discussing issues of technological development, specifically for use in the field of medicine, one aspect of bioethical consideration includes the determining the allocation of this new resource. In many (not all) situations, the allocation can be driven by cost: those who can afford the resource get it, while those who cannot afford it do not. While this does not completely seem out of line... // Read More »

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02/23/2015

Vaccine Exemptions and the Church-State Problem

Dena S. Davis

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02/23/2015

More on Healthcare.gov 3.0

Here is a nice follow-up story on my recent New England Journal article on improving the design of health insurance exchanges. Comparing health insurance plans – whether signing up through Healthcare.gov or weighing employer-sponsored plans with a spouse – can … Continue reading

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02/23/2015

Lying, Bullshitting, and Atul Gawande

by J.S. Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D.

Atul Gawande: “I came on board after she got diagnosed with that second cancer. And in my mind I was thinking ‘I wouldn’t offer this surgery because the lung cancer is going to take her life.’ And yet I didn’t feel I could say that to you. I think we started talking about the experimental therapy that you all were hoping to get on with the trial for the lung caner. And remember saying something I sort of regret, which was that ‘maybe that sort of experimental therapy will work for the thyroid cancer too.’ [laughs and shakes head] I said that.

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02/22/2015

Rasouli v. Cuthbertson – Part II

On Friday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario dismissed Hassan Rasouli family's appeal in a lawsuit separate from, though closely related to, the October 2013 Supreme Court of Canada decision in Rasouli v. Cutbertson.

In October, 2010, Mr. Rasouli suffered debilitating complications following surgery at Sunnybrook Hospital. He was kept alive by mechanical ventilation. Physicians Brian Cuthbertson, Gordon Rubenfeld and Richard Swartz recommended the withdrawal of mechanical ventilation from Mr. Rasouli.  His family opposed that decision.

As a result of that disagreement, two applications were commenced in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice – one by the Rasouli family and one by the physicians – over the issue of whether the physicians required the consent of Ms. Salasel, her husband’s substitute decision-maker, or the approval of the Consent and Capacity Board (CCB), to withdraw the life-sustaining measures from Mr. Rasouli. Those cases proceeded to the Supreme Court of Canada which, in its October, 2013 decision, held that the physicians were required to seek Ms. Salasel’s consent to the withdrawal of the life-sustaining measures, failing which there had to be a ruling by the CCB

In January 2013, the family commenced a separate action. In it, they sought $1 million in special damages and $1 million in general, aggravated and punitive damages for intimidation, assault, negligence, abuse of process, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. The Statement of Claim specifies that the special damages sought consist of the approximately $500,000 in legal fees spent “to keep Hassan alive”. Mr. Rasoui's wife and two children also sought $250,000 each for the intentional infliction of mental suffering.

In May 2014, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice denied these claims, since they were already adjudicated in the case that went to the Supreme Court.  On Friday, February 20, the Court of Appeal agreed.

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02/21/2015

Bodies as Property vs. Bodies as Gift

This past week I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Daniel Sulmasy speak on the topic of bioethics in public policy, sharing in part about his experience with the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Problems. In the process of sharing, he made the striking statement that people do not own their genomes. This was later unpacked in the Q&A time where he emphasized... // Read More »

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