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October 18, 2018

ASBH Lifetime Achievement Award-Jonathan Moreno

The following post is the speech that Jonathan Moreno is giving upon acceptance of his award. This text is being released simultaneously with his speech in Anaheim. 

October 16, 2018

“Are you lonesome tonight”: A Bioethics Perspective on a New Public Health Epidemic

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Ben Sasse, Senator (R-NB) and professor of history, writes in his new book Them: Why We Hate Each Other—and How to Healthat in a world that is more interconnected through screens, we are more separate and alone than ever: “We’re literally dying of despair” he states.…

October 16, 2018

Sunset on the RAC: When is it time to end special oversight of an emerging biotechnology?

by Jeffrey P. Kahn, Ph.D., M.P.H. and Anna C. Mastroianni, J.D., M.P.H.

National Institutes of Health Director (NIH) Francis S. Collins and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb recently co-authoreda New England Journal of Medicinecommentary suggesting that special oversight of gene transfer research in humans was no longer necessary.…

October 12, 2018

BioethicsTV (October 8-12, 2018): #TheResident #TheGoodDoctor #ChicagoMed #GreysAnatomy

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

“Exploring ethical issues in TV medical dramas”

Jump to The Resident (Season 2; Episode 3): Saline shortage, pressure to bill; Jump to The Good Doctor (Season 2; Episode 3): Structural discrimination against women; surrogate decision-making; Jump to Chicago Med (Season 4; Episode 3): Best interest of a child; faith versus science; Jump to Grey’s Anatomy (Season 15; Episode 4): Fraud, assault, lies, and the ethics police

Medical dramas this week seemed to focus on two themes: 1.…

October 9, 2018

A Little Dab Will Do Ya: Fact and Fiction of the Radiation Debate

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

My father tells the story of how when he was a child, shoe stores had boxes into which you could slide your feet, shod in potential new shoes.…

October 5, 2018

BioethicsTV (October 1-5)

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Jump to The Resident (Season 2; Episode 2): Rising drug costs Jump to New Amsterdam (Season 1; Episode 2): Cultural accommodation; medicating schoolkids Jump to Chicago Med (Season 4; Episode 2): Withholding support; withdrawing support

The Resident (Season 2; Episode 2): Rising drug costs

In its sophomore year, this show seems to be shying away from ethical issues and the gross incompetence of its fictional hospital and exchanging it for hope; hope that hospitals can cover their costs and meet patient needs.…

October 5, 2018

Crowdsourcing: A New Resource for Advanced Training in Bioethics

by Lindsay Zausmer Feuerman, BA and Amy McGuire JD, Ph.D.1

An increasing number of universities offer undergraduate courses and even majors in the fields of bioethics and medical humanities.…

October 1, 2018

Sloan Kettering Controversies: Trust is the Public Foundation of Medical Research

by Ann Mongoven, PhD, MPH

Recent controversies at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center raise ethical questions about medical research that deserve public attention.…

September 28, 2018

BioethicsTV: (September 23-28): #TheResident, #NewAmsterdam, #ChicagoMed

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Jump to New Amsterdam (Seasons 1; Episode 1): Infectious disease; mistaken diagnosis; Jump to The Resident (Season 2; Episode 1): Emergency preparedness, risky surgery, and dehumanizing technology; Jump to Chicago Med (Season 4; Episode 1): Deaf culture

This week is the beginning of the new television season and the popularity of the medical drama is evident as a total of 5 prime time dramas hit the airwaves (The Resident, The Good Doctor, New Amsterdam, Chicago Med, and Grey’s Anatomy).…

September 27, 2018

Europe is Pounding on the Paywalls of Research Publishing—Will USA Join Forces?

by Katrina A. Bramstedt, PhD

The 2015 headline was startling: “[US] Taxpayers spend $140 billion funding science each year — but can’t access many of the results.” In fact, gaining access to research results is costing universities and government organizations in the US $10 billion per year.…

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