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January 27, 2013

Should Pathologists Be Physicians??

What I am about to write I am sure will be considered by some as controversial and perhaps likely illogical but after a bit of consideration I felt I just had to write the question to my ethics blog.  "Should pathologists be physicians?" and if no...
January 4, 2013

The Medical Gaze

Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.

Over the winter holidays I found myself in a coffee shop one night talking to Nelly, a nurse who works part time in her semi-retirement.…

January 3, 2013

Phillip Seaton Loses Case against Physician who Amputated Penis without Consent

The Kentucky Court of Appeals just issued its opinion in Seaton v. Patterson.  Seaton had sued Patterson for battery, claiming that the physician amputated his penis without consent.  Seaton claimed he consented only to a circumcision.  ...
January 2, 2013

Does the Concept of 'Medical Futility' Help Clinicians?

On Tuesday, Feb 5, from noon to 1:00 PM, Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center is hosting a webinar on the topic:  "Does the Concept of 'Medical Futility' Help Clinicians?" Speakers: Robert D. Truog, MD, Professor of...
January 2, 2013

Prevention vs. Treatment - Book of the Year

A book to which I  contributed chapter 10, "The Slow Transition of U.S. Law Toward a Greater Emphasis on Prevention," was just named as one of Washington Post Wonkblog's "Books of the Year."  The book is Prevention vs. ...
January 1, 2013

Poker Alice - Early Case of Overtreatment at Patient's Demand

Alice Ivers Duffield Tubbs Huckert (1851–1930), better known as "Poker Alice," was a famous poker player who talked her doctors into performing what they though was non-indicated surgery. Poker Alice fit right in with the whiskey-swilling, cigar-smo...