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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 […]