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June 27, 2014

Fact vs. Fiction: Judge Upholds Barring Unvaccinated Children from Public Schools

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Vaccination is one of the great success stories of public health. People who receive vaccinations against disease are far less likely to contract that disease.…

June 19, 2014

You Can’t Fix What Ain’t Broke: Combating the Dangers of Reparative Therapy

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Earlier this week, the New York State Assembly overwhelmingly voted to pass a bill that would ban the use of so-called “reparative” or “conversion” therapy – treatments that aim to change sexual orientation – on minors. During the time I wrote this commentary, the […]
June 19, 2014

You Can’t Fix What Ain’t Broke: Combating the Dangers of Reparative Therapy

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Earlier this week, the New York State Assembly overwhelmingly voted to pass a bill that would ban the use of so-called “reparative” or “conversion” therapy – treatments that aim to change sexual orientation – on minors. During the time I wrote this commentary, the […]
June 8, 2014

Chip and Fish: Inadvertent Spies

by Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.

There has been a great deal of fingerpointing, second-guessing and recrimination over the decision by the President to exchange five former Taliban leaders for the American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl. …

May 28, 2014

Do People on the Right Feel Superior to Those on the Left?

Most of us have at least one cranky old relative who not only has stronger opinions than the rest of us, but is also convinced that those opinions are superior to ours.  Not just content to believe that, say, voter … Continue reading
May 8, 2014

The Botched Execution of Clayton Lockett: Is Lethal Injection Painless and Humane?

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Clayton Lockett died last week, but few will mourn his death. A four-time convicted felon, Mr. Lockett was executed by the State of Oklahoma for shooting and then burying alive a 19-year-old girl. Following his death, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin proudly stated that, “justice […]
May 8, 2014

The Botched Execution of Clayton Lockett: Is Lethal Injection Painless and Humane?

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership Clayton Lockett died last week, but few will mourn his death. A four-time convicted felon, Mr. Lockett was executed by the State of Oklahoma for shooting and then burying alive a 19-year-old girl. Following his death, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin proudly stated that, “justice […]
May 1, 2014

Lessons for the Future of Primary Care from Robin Cook’s Cell

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

I just finished reading the popular fiction novel Cell by Robin Cook. This medical thriller revolves around George Wilson, a radiology resident who finds people dying suddenly after receiving diagnoses of terminal illnesses including his fiancé and next-door-neighbor.…

April 28, 2014

Death Panels are Back, and They Want to Pay Grandma to Die

by Patricia Mayer, MD, Bioethics Program Alumna (2009) Run for the hills: federally-funded Death Panels are back! Ok, that was a bit of a cheap shot.  But many of us in medicine – especially those in hospice and palliative care – are still incensed by the “Death Panel” scandal. As many know, the myth of […]
April 28, 2014

Death Panels are Back, and They Want to Pay Grandma to Die

by Patricia Mayer, MD, Bioethics Program Alumna (2009) Run for the hills: federally-funded Death Panels are back! Ok, that was a bit of a cheap shot.  But many of us in medicine – especially those in hospice and palliative care – are still incensed by the “Death Panel” scandal. As many know, the myth of […]

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Published Articles (17)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 12 - Dec 2011

Personalities, Politics, and Bioethics

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 12 - Dec 2011

Dead Man Walking?Politics, Sr. Helen Prejean, and the Vocation of the Bioethicist

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 12 - Dec 2011

The Political Satirist as Public Intellectual: The Case of Jon Stewart

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 12 - Dec 2011

William B. Hurlbut: Building a Bridge Over Troubled Stem Cell Waters

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 12 - Dec 2011

Toward a ?Magenta? Public Bioethics Discourse?Bart Stupak and Health Care Reform

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 12 - Dec 2011

Reason Giving: When Public Leaders Ignore Evidence

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 12 - Dec 2011

Sense and Nonsense in the Conservative Critique of Obamacare Stephen Wear

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 12 - Dec 2008

Review of Ezekiel J. Emanuel. Healthcare Guaranteed: a Simple, Secure Solution for America.

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 10 - Oct 2008

And Health for All?

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 8 Issue 6 - Jun 2008

Review of K. R. Monroe, R. B. Miller, and J. Tobis. Fundamentals of the Stem Cell Debate: The Scientific, Religious, Ethical and Political Issues. * Review of C. B. Cohen. Renewing the Stuff of Life: Stem Cells, Ethics, and Public Policy. * Review of R. K

News (417)

August 21, 2014 3:20 pm

California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents

Birth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday.

August 20, 2014 4:21 pm

California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations

California lawmakers sent a bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons to Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, after media reports and a later audit showed officials failed to follow the state’s rules for obtaining consent for the procedure known as tubal ligation from incarcerated women.

July 30, 2014 5:55 pm

Repeal Prohibition, Again

The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to F.B.I. figures, compared with 256,000 for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives.

July 16, 2014 7:06 pm

Calif. death penalty ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge Wednesday struck down California’s death penalty, saying the “dysfunctional” system that makes prisoners wait decades to be executed violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

July 15, 2014 2:22 pm

Gordon College Faces Review Over Request For Ability To Discriminate

A regional accrediting agency has placed Gordon College, a Christian school near Boston, under review as the institution seeks the legal ability to discriminate in hiring against members of the LGBT community.

July 15, 2014 2:20 pm

Children Of Gay Parents Are Happier And Healthier Than Their Peers, New Study Finds

Children raised by same-sex couples have better health and well-being in comparison to their peers, according to a groundbreaking new study which is being billed as the largest of its kind.

June 11, 2014 2:06 pm

Politics in Your DNA

How the realities of biology complicate the “personhood movement.”

May 27, 2014 4:36 pm

Our mental health care system is a joke -- even mass murderer Elliot Rodger slipped through the cracks

Rodger’s murderous rampage had nothing to do with guns. Fixing our broken, sorry excuse for a mental health care system in America isn’t rocket science. It could be done in a few years, without huge expense.

May 22, 2014 4:26 pm

Cannabis may Help Prevent Seizures in Children with Severe Epilepsy

For children suffering from severe epilepsy, a recent study shows that cannabis may be able to prevent the onset of seizures.

March 21, 2014 2:46 pm

Hawaii police urge lawmakers to let undercover cops have sex with prostitutes

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