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March 18, 2013

Check out AJOB Volume 13 Issue 3!!!

In this issue:

TESTICULAR CRYOPRESERVATION FROM CHILDREN

END OF LIFE DECISION MAKING FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE
ATTEMPTED SUICIDE

February 27, 2013

A Directive Too Far

Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

For two decades, people in bioethics and medicine have extolled the virtues of advance directives. These documents allow a person to (a) list procedures, treatments, and values regarding desired future medical care and (b) designate an individual to be a surrogate decision-maker, when the patient lacks the capacity to make decisions and communicate them.

February 23, 2013

Check out February's issue of AJOB!

DO RESEARCHERS HAVE A DUTY TO LOOK FOR GENETIC INCIDENTAL FINDINGS?
UPDATE TO THE ETHICS CONSULTATION CORE COMPETENCIES
February 19, 2013

Goldilocks and the Three Hospice Patients

Carol Levine
February 6, 2013

Hospice Use Rises; So Does Aggressive Care

Joan Teno and her coauthors' analyzed the Medicare fee-for-service records of more than 840,000 people aged 66 or older who died in 2000, 2005, or 2009.  They looked at where seniors died, what medical services were provided during their las...
January 30, 2013

What is Therapeutic Futility? 4 Views of Futility

Maurice Bernstein, M.D.

Coming to the decision that a treatment is futile—meaning that further medical treatment would have no useful result and should not be started or continued—is a decision made with hesitation or at times not at all, either by the patient or family or, unfortunately, even by the physician.…

January 10, 2013

Zfat v. Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital - Orthodox Jews Ask Court to Order Hospital to Continue Life Support

About a year ago, 19-year-old daughter, Danielle Zfat was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  On Nov. 25th she was admitted to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Florida.  On Jan. 1st her condition worsened and she was placed on life support.&nb...
January 9, 2013

Son's Perspective on Using VSED to Hasten Death

The following is an essay by Marc Newhouse on his mother's use of VSED.  Marc Newhouse is a former cellist, nurse, and English teacher.  He is now a book author who blogs at Life, Death and Iguanas. In April of 2010, my...
January 8, 2013

Legal Briefing: POLST: Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

With Melinda Hexum, I just published "Legal Briefing: POLST: Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment." in The Journal of Clinical Ethics 23, no. 4 (Winter 2012): 353-76.  Here is the abstract: This issue’s “Legal Briefing” colu...
April 10, 2012

Caplan on Prescription Drug Abuse

Today Art Caplan, in his MSNBC column, discusses the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in this country. But his conclusions would have a chilling effect upon physicians.  …