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08/15/2016

Three Lawyers on Every Ethics Committee

There is a long-running debate about whether and how lawyers should serve on hospital ethics committees.  

Therefore, I was surprised to read George Annas and Michael Grodin recall that "at IECs’ birth, a committee of the American Hospital Association recommended that IECs all have at least three lawyers as members: one to represent the hospital, one to represent the IEC itself, and an independent lawyer to give the committee neutral advice "

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08/15/2016

Christians and Physician Assisted Suicide

In my experience working with terminally ill patients over the past seven years, I have often seen people of the Christian faith go all out in the ICU, wanting “everything done” for a terminally ill loved one. In these circumstances, when I speak with family members of the patient, they tell me they will continue to pray for a miracle to happen. As a person... // Read More »

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08/14/2016

Judge Overrules Another Demurrer in Jahi McMath Brain Death Case

Judge Pulido (Alameda County) The trial judge in Jahi McMath's state malpractice has overruled another defendant's demurrer to McMath's first amended complaint. This is not a surprise, since the court had already denied other defendants' demur...

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08/14/2016

Annals Graphic Medicine ­ "I’d Want a Natural Death"

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08/13/2016

2nd International Conference on End-of-Life Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice

The 2nd International Conference on End-of-Life Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice will be held Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 13-15, 2017.

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08/13/2016

A novel strategy for suicide prevention

In the Netherlands, a doctor will not be prosecuted for assisting a patient to die either through euthanasia or assisted suicide (EAS) if certain conditions are met, among which are the following: The patient’s request for aid-in-dying must be voluntary and well-informed, without coercion from others, and uninfluenced by psychological illness or drugs; their suffering should be unbearable and hopeless, with no prospect for improvement... // Read More »

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08/13/2016

Slow progress on Zika vaccine development – and at the expense of Ebola funding?

The Zika Virus – Image by David Goodwill (RCSB Molecule of the Month 197, June 2016) [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons A recent PBS Newshour story highlights just some of the challenges in getting a vaccine for Zika tested and out on the market. The article confirms that about 30 vaccines are being developed […]

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08/13/2016

Unrealistic Hope at End of Life – Swimming with Crocodiles

In 1967, Christiaan Barnard performed the world's first human heart transplant operation.  The patient, Louis Washkansky, was a 54-year-old grocer, suffering from diabetes and incurable heart disease. Barnard remarked:  "For a dying man it i...

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08/12/2016

Twisted Self-Deception

By: J.S. Blumenthal-Barby

 In his book, Self-Deception Unmasked, philosopher Ale Mele writes about two types of self-deception. There is the straight-forward kind, where a person falsely believes—in the face of strong evidence to the contrary—things that she would like to be true. And then there is the “twisted” kind, where a person falsely believes what she would not like to be true. Mele gives the example of a spouse who [falsely] believes that his wife is cheating on him despite evidence to the contrary and despite not actually wanting it to be the case that she is cheating on him.…

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08/12/2016

Your Physician Can’t See You Yet – She’s Busy Filling Out Paperwork!

Left to our own devices, most of us physicians try our best to provide high quality care to our patients. But almost none of us provide perfect care to all of our patients all of the time. In fact, many … Continue reading

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