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June 24, 2015

Your New Liver Is Only A Learjet Away: First Of Three Parts

The forty million dollar Gulfstream jet landed at Memphis International airport in the early morning hours, its schedule hastily arranged earlier that day from Northern California, where the flight originated. Waiting on the tarmac was Dr. James Eason, head of … Continue reading

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June 24, 2015

Bioethics and Gnosticism

I am continuing to reflect on the ideas presented at the CBHD summer conference this past week. The talk that impacted me the most was given by Robert George on Thursday evening. His topic was Bioethics and Gnosticism. His focus was the distinction between different concepts of who we are as human beings. One way to think about who we are which is present in... // Read More »
June 23, 2015

Considering best care for extremely premature babies

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to attend a lecture given by Dr. Mark Mercurio of Yale University on making ethical decisions regarding the treatment of neonatal babies. Dr. Mercurio’s talk focused on the topic of aggressive treatment of extremely premature infants (22 – 25 week gestational age). Although I have devoted much of my time to researching beginning of life issues (predominantly... // Read More »
June 22, 2015

The Issue of Physician Motive in Physician-Assisted Suicide

Two responses to my June 8th post provide useful points of departure for further discussion about physician-assisted suicide (PAS). The first respondent argued that the Hippocratic Oath states that physicians should not give a “poison,” as opposed to stating that they should not give a “deadly drug.” The respondent’s claim was that inherent in the term “poison” was malintent, which would make the causation of... // Read More »
June 19, 2015

Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

The May 28, 2015 issue of Nature was largely devoted to artificial intelligence.  Of note to readers of this blog was a short set of comments from four contributors regarding the ethics of AI.  While none of the writers thought that “robots are (or will be) people, too,” so to speak, they will be increasingly complex machines that pose issue like: Creating a need for... // Read More »
June 8, 2015

How Far Can We Fall If There is No Bottom?

A May 26th post in the Bioethics Forum of The Hastings Center asks “Are we reaching a tipping point in the debate over physician aid in dying?” The author cited the case of a Cornell psychologist who opted to commit suicide with physician assistance before Alzheimer’s caused her to lose “all quality of life” and “meaning.” Cases such as these are compelling, because aging, infirmity,... // Read More »
June 4, 2015

Physician-Assisted Suicide Passes California State Senate

California Senate bill SB 128, the “End of Life Options Act,” passed the state Senate today by a 23-14 vote.  The overall makeup of that body is 26 Democrats, 14 Republicans.  I have not yet seen the vote posted to determine whether it passed on a strict party line, or how my (Republican) state Senator voted.   The organization LifeNews.com has a good discussion, which includes... // Read More »
June 2, 2015

Is the Lannister’s incest immoral?

Isn’t it weird that no one is really talking about the incest on Game of Thrones? I mean, yes, among the fellow inhabitants of Westeros, sure, there are the insinuations and the snickers, the threats from the faithful, and the apparent manifestation of its awfulness in Joffrey. And sure, incest has been [...]

May 28, 2015

An IVF-related development

MedPage Today (subscription required) carried a brief notice on May 22 regarding single embryo transfer in IVF.  What follows is directly cribbed from that article.  Key points: IVF pregnancies are higher risk than naturally-conceived pregnancies.  (No further details were cited.) Most embryo transfers involve one or two embryos. Transfer of two embryos is generally driven by fear of failure to conceive with only one.  (I... // Read More »
May 27, 2015

Roundtable Discussion: Improving Public Dialogue of Bioethics

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) closed its discussion of democratic deliberation in bioethics and bioethics education with a roundtable discussion involving Commission members and presenters. Amy Gutmann, Ph.D., Chair of the Bioethics Commission, kicked off the session by asking the panelists to share their thoughts on what the Bioethics […]

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American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 1 - Jan 2013

100th Issue Anniversary Editorial David Magnus