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December 5, 2013

When Less is More—Saying No to the Technological Imperative at the End of Life

Nanette Elster, JD, MPH

Bioethicist and octogenarian Daniel Callahan wrote an op-ed in the New York Times this week about society’s quest to extend life.…

November 25, 2013

Cuthbertson v. Rasouli: Limited Guidance from Supreme Court of Canada

by Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD

On October 18, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its long-awaited opinion in Cuthbertson v.

November 13, 2013

“Time To Die” Means Time to Talk

by Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.

Media images of dying surround us everyday. In an average hour of dramatic television, bodies fly across the screen as they are shot, knifed, bled, disintegrated, run over, and even decapitated.…

September 18, 2013

Stop Therapeutic Obstinacy: Penalties for Administering Futile ICU Interventions

by Thaddeus Pope JD Ph.D.

Intensive care clinicians and clinical ethicists have long known that the provision of interventions perceived to be “futile” is a major problem in U.S.…

August 6, 2013

Rebuttal to Jason Manne re Dangerous Catholic Attack on POLST

This is a brief rebuttal to Jason Manne’s recent response to my post “ Dangerous Catholic Attack on POLST .”

Manne’s letter misses the point.

August 2, 2013

The Television Truth of Assisted Living

Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

When I was a child, every Sunday afternoon was dominated by a visit to Grandma in the nursing home.…

July 25, 2013

In Response to Professor Thaddeus Pope's article "Dangerous Catholic Attack on the POLST?"

Dear Sir or Madam:

I read with interest Professor Thaddeus Pope’s article ”Dangerous Catholic Attack on the POLST?”  The title of that article is insensitive inasmuch as the words “dangerous Catholic” imply a religious bias that I am sure was not intended. …

July 19, 2013

Dangerous Catholic Attack on POLST

Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD PhD

The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) program is proving to be a highly effective mechanism for assuring that the life-sustaining treatment seriously ill patients want is the same treatment those patients get. …

May 31, 2013

Defending Disability Discrimination

by Thaddeus Mason Pope J.D., Ph.D.

In May 2013, Oklahoma enacted the Nondiscrimination in Treatment Act (NITA).  This law provides: “A health care provider shall not deny to a patient a life-preserving health care service the provider provides to other patients, and the provision of which is directed by the patient or [surrogate] .…

May 28, 2013

Good People Doing Bad Things for Good Reasons

Maurice Bernstein, MD

What is ethical or not is often in the eye of the beholder. That is why often the ethics of decisions or acts that we deal with in medicine is established through the process of consensus.…