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November 26, 2015

Purple, Brown, Grey, White, and Black — Life in Death [EOL in Art 187]

Another hospice photo from Daniel Schumann's  Purple, Brown, Grey, White, and Black — Life in Death.

November 25, 2015

Are we losing the concept of objective moral truth within the church?

I participated in two discussions in the past few weeks that have me concerned. The first was a discussion with the members of the Advisory Council that works with the Center for Ethics that I am involved with at Taylor University. We were discussing how we as Christians should live in a society that is rejecting Christian moral values more and more. One member of... // Read More »
November 25, 2015


Call for Abstracts


March 17-18, 2016; Kalamazoo, Michigan


The theme of this conference, hosted by Western Michigan University’s Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, highlights uncertainty as a fundamental factor in bioethics.  Invited speakers include Insoo Hyun, associate professor of bioethics and philosophy at Case Western Reserve University, and Richard Sharp, director of the bioethics program at the Mayo Clinic.
Possible topics for submissions include unintended consequences of innovative medical technologies, public health planning for new diseases, incidental findings in clinical research and practice, prevention of medical error, and communication of risk.  Papers on this general theme will be welcomed from a variety of disciplines and perspectives in relation to policy, practice, research, and communication in fields dealing with bioethics.  These fields include, but are not limited to, bioengineering, biology, medicine, nursing, the social sciences and scientific reporting.

Submission guidelines

Submissions will be accepted in the category of formal papers and panel discussions. Submissions are welcome from academic faculty, graduate students, medical students, medical professionals and research teams consisting of any combination of these.
Submissions should be prepared for blind review; please inspect documents and remove personal information before submitting electronically in .doc/.docx or .pdf format to Corresponding authors should include names of all authors, as well as their affiliations, and the paper or panel title, on a separate title page. Completed papers or extended abstracts of 500-1,000 words will be considered for paper submissions. For panel discussions, submissions should include an abstract summarizing the overall topic of the panel, as well as separate abstracts for each author's contribution, for a total of up to 1,000 words. The deadline for submissions is December 16, 2015. Authors will be notified by January 1, 2016. Please direct inquiries to center Co-Director Sandra L. Borden.

About the center

The Western Michigan University Center for the Study of Ethics in Society encourages and supports research, teaching and service to the University and community in areas of applied and professional ethics. The conference will coincide with observance of the Ethics Center's 30th anniversary. More information about the center, and updates about the conference.

November 25, 2015

Purple, Brown, Grey, White, and Black — Life in Death [EOL in Art 186]

Photographer Daniel Schumann went to St. Francis Hospice near Dusseldorf, Germany.  He befriended several of the residents at the hospice and got their permission to photograph them throughout their stay.  The project is entitled Purple, Brown, Grey, White, and Black — Life in Death.

His photos depict the residents as they were before and after death. The effect is solemn, yet tranquil. And since death and dying lay at the heart of Schumann’s entire project, something about his subjects’ experience will always remain unknown to his viewer. 

November 25, 2015

No Money = No ICU Treatment

Gary Dowley suffered an aneurysm while riding a motorcycle on vacation in Thailand.  He needs treatment for a broken neck and leg, facial fractures and a punctured lung.  (Brisbane Times)

Lack of Insurance Coverage
Unfortunately, Dowley's travel insurance has classified his treatment as the result of a motorbike crash, and adjusted the amount of money it pays out.  The family already maxed out their credit cards to make payments. 

Hospital Refusing to Treat
The hospital would not let doctors treat Mr Dowley until they receive payment.  "They wouldn't touch him until they had money. . . .  The hospitals over here are ruthless – if you don't pay, they pull the plug."  

November 24, 2015

Workshop review — Committed Professionals: Handling Obstacles to Ethics in Public Health

This post also appears on Indiana University’s Future of Professional Ethics site. On Friday, November 13, Dr. Lisa M. Lee, Executive Director for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, presented a keynote address for The Future of Professional Ethics workshop series hosted by Indiana University‘s School of Public Health and the Poynter […]
November 24, 2015

Debate over New FDA Commissioner

In a previous post, I argued in favor of Rob Califf as FDA Commissioner. Here is an article from the Duke Chronicle, exploring more of this important debate. Dr. Robert Califf, former vice chancellor of clinical and translational research, may soon be … Continue reading

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November 24, 2015

Simple Wish - Hospice Art Field Trips [EOL in Art 185]

This month, a simple wish was fulfilled for Cleveland, Ohio resident and Life Choice Hospice patient, Martha B.  Life Choice Hospice discovered that Martha had been a lifelong art lover and set in motion a plan to create a memorable moment for he...
November 24, 2015

Jahi McMath - Demurrer to the 1st Amended Complaint - Jan. 8, 2016

As I blogged earlier, on October 20, 2015, the Alameda County Superior Court permitted the family of Jahi McMath to amend their complaint against Children's Hospital Oakland and Dr. Rosen.  The purpose of the amendment was to more fully ...
November 23, 2015

Live Long & Prosper is the New “Good”

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

One of my family’s Thanksgiving traditions is one common to many, that we go around the table and name something for which we are thankful.…