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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.…

May 16, 2013

Vermont Passes Physician-Assisted-Suicide

Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Awaiting the governor’s signature, Vermont is poised to become the fourth state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. While Oregon and Washington legalized physician-aid-in-dying through public referendum and Montana through a court decision, Vermont’s is occurring through the legislative process.…

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...