Tag: end of life

Blog Posts (34)

July 16, 2014

de Beauvoir’s A Very Easy Death

My dissertation advisor recommended that I read Simone de Beauvoir’s A Very Easy Death when I was writing my dissertation on ambivalence. …

June 22, 2014

The Fountain of Youth

 “Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” Two weeks ago, family physician Joe Gibes wrote on the shaky medical footing of low testosterone treatment.  This week, Brian Williams reported on the NBC Nightly News that the FDA has issued warnings about thrombotic events... // Read More »
June 19, 2014

Values and Covenants

As has been noted several times on this blog, there is much current discussion of what constitutes “value” in medical/health care.  This is not surprising given the concerns about how much (one-sixth) of the US’s overall economic output is spent on doctors, hospitals, drugs, imaging tests, etc. in the name of getting and keeping Americans well.   One might pause to ask how the language of... // Read More »
May 30, 2014

Your Doctor Has a DNR Order, But Not for the Reasons You’d Think

by Jacob Dahlke, Bioethics Program Alum (MSBioethics 2012) How many doctors would choose to have a “Do-Not Resuscitate” (DNR) order over a full code option? 88.3%, at least according to a new study. For those counting at home, that’s greater than percentage of Americans who currently disapprove of the job that Congress is doing. This means that nearly 9 […]
May 30, 2014

Your Doctor Has a DNR Order, But Not for the Reasons You’d Think

by Jacob Dahlke, Bioethics Program Alum (MSBioethics 2012) How many doctors would choose to have a “Do-Not Resuscitate” (DNR) order over a full code option? 88.3%, at least according to a new study. For those counting at home, that’s greater than percentage of Americans who currently disapprove of the job that Congress is doing. This means that nearly 9 […]
May 23, 2014

Physicians should not administer lethal injections

An “Online First” opinion piece from JAMA (free access) carries an argument, from a group of authors headed by Dr. Robert Truog of Harvard,  that it is profoundly unethical for physicians to administer lethal injections to carry out capital punishment.  Whatever one thinks of capital punishment, write Dr. Truog et. al., for physicians to administer the denoument violates a core ethical principle—that “the involuntary taking... // Read More »
May 22, 2014

Alzheimer’s Disease: The Forgotten Epidemic

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership We hosted a conference on Alzheimer’s disease at the College last week, inviting a distinguished group of physicians, researchers, caregivers, advocates and policymakers to discuss the ethical and legal challenges of diagnosing and treating those with the disease. These issues are particularly important to […]
May 22, 2014

Alzheimer’s Disease: The Forgotten Epidemic

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership We hosted a conference on Alzheimer’s disease at the College last week, inviting a distinguished group of physicians, researchers, caregivers, advocates and policymakers to discuss the ethical and legal challenges of diagnosing and treating those with the disease. These issues are particularly important to […]
May 16, 2014

Mandatory Organ Donation: Ethical or Outrageous?

by Theresa Spranger, Bioethics Program Alumna (MSBioethics 2012) Organ donation is the gift of life. By donating organs after we die we can literally bring someone back from the brink. Pretty awesome right? So awesome in fact, that it could be argued, and has been, that everyone should want to donate their organs when they […]
May 16, 2014

Mandatory Organ Donation: Ethical or Outrageous?

by Theresa Spranger, Bioethics Program Alumna (MSBioethics 2012) Organ donation is the gift of life. By donating organs after we die we can literally bring someone back from the brink. Pretty awesome right? So awesome in fact, that it could be argued, and has been, that everyone should want to donate their organs when they […]