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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.…

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.