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August 4, 2015

The Stanford Prison Experiment film: An Essential Teaching Tool

By Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In teaching research ethics, there are a few “classic cases” that we offer students as examples of where human subject research went wrong: Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis, the Nazi medical experiments, Willowbrook Hepatitis Experiments, human radiation experiments, and (now) the Guatemala syphilis study, among others.…

August 12, 2014

No Laughing Matter

Nanette Elster, JD, MPH

Like many people around the world, I was shocked to hear about the death of Robin Williams.…

December 19, 2013

A Call to Physicians: To Do No Further Harm, or Ethical Practice as Just Distribution of Healthcare

Bandy X. Lee, M.D.

*Primum non nocere*, to first do no harm, is the unchanging foundation for Hippocratic medical ethics. Each generation must, nevertheless, redefine what “doing no harm” means for its time.…

August 15, 2013

Dead Babies, Dead Mothers. Let’s start by reducing the stigma of mental illness

Andrea Kalfoglou, Ph.D.

Last month, a tragedy unfolded in Manitoba, Canada.  On Wednesday, July 24th two children, a 3 year old and an infant, were found badly injured and alone in their home. …

December 14, 2012

Operation Delirium

Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.

Joining the long line of examples of concerning human subjects research experiments is a profile in The New Yorker (December 17).…

April 10, 2012

Caplan on Prescription Drug Abuse

Today Art Caplan, in his MSNBC column, discusses the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in this country. But his conclusions would have a chilling effect upon physicians.  …

Published Articles (11)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 7 - Jul 2015

Futility in Chronic Anorexia Nervosa: A Concept Whose Time Has Not Yet Come Cynthia M. A. Geppert

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 4 - Apr 2014

Egalitarianism and Moral Bioenhancement Robert Sparrow

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 4 - Apr 2014

Questioning the Moral Enhancement Project Fabrice Jotterand

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 5 Issue 1 - Jan 2014

Brave New Love: The Threat of High-Tech “Conversion” Therapy and the Bio-Oppression of Sexual Minorities Brian D. Earp, Anders Sandberg & Julian Savulescu

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 11 - Nov 2013

The Use of Deception in Public Health Behavioral Intervention Trials: A Case Study of Three Online Alcohol Trials Jim McCambridge, Kypros Kypri, Preben Bendtsen & John Porter

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 4 Issue 3 - Jul 2013

Empirically Derived Knowledge on Adolescent Assent to Pediatric Biomedical Research David G. Scherer, Janet L. Brody, Robert D. Annett, Charles Turner, Jeanne Dalen & Yesel Yoon

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 4 Issue 3 - Jul 2013

Behavioral Science Research Informs Bioethical Issues in the Conduct of Large-Scale Studies of Children's Disease Risk Kenneth P. Tercyak, Ulrica Swartling, Darren Mays, Suzanne Bennett Johnson & Johnny Ludvigsson

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 4 Issue 3 - Jul 2013

Contributions of Psychological Science to Empirical Bioethics Victoria A. Miller

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 10 - Oct 2013

Why Misconduct Trumps Patient–Therapist Confidentiality and Ways to Avoid the Disclosure Dilemma Nicholas H. Steneck

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 10 - Oct 2013

Let Therapists Be Therapists, Not Police Paul S. Appelbaum

News (131)

July 21, 2015 1:50 pm

Kids with psychiatric problems may face struggles as adults

Kids with psychiatric problems may be more likely to have health, legal, financial and social difficulties as adults even when their mental health issues don’t persist beyond childhood, a study suggests.

July 20, 2015 5:02 pm

Effect of poverty on brains may explain poor kids' lower test scores

The effect of poverty on children’s brains may explain why poor youngsters tend to score lower on standardized tests compared to wealthier students, a new study suggests.

July 16, 2015 5:26 pm

Comment Your Smartphone Can Tell If You're Depressed

Smartphones can track fitness, sleep and nutrition, and they might be able to detect depression, too.

April 24, 2015 5:13 pm

Children of depressed mothers at risk for behavior problems

While previous research has linked clinical depression in mothers to mood disorders and other health problems in their children, the current study is among the first to make this connection even when mothers have milder symptoms that might not be diagnosed or treated by clinicians.

April 23, 2015 5:07 pm

High morale linked to longer survival among elderly

Whether it is cause or effect is unclear, but high morale seems to go along with a longer life, according to a new Scandinavian study.

April 15, 2015 2:06 pm

Is the placebo effect in some people’s genes?

Some people may be genetically programmed to feel better after taking placebo pills, while others may only heal with real drugs, suggests a new review of existing research.

April 13, 2015 2:09 pm

Where does my personality fit in? (Where does my personality fit in?)

New research maps the personality of 380 places in Great Britain. Where do you fit in?

April 8, 2015 1:08 pm

Higher purpose in life tied to better brain health

People with a high sense of purpose in life have a lower risk of stroke, according to new research.

April 7, 2015 1:12 pm

My three daughters are autistic. I despise Autism Awareness Month.

The campaign implies autism is a party, rather than a crisis. For families living with autism, reality is far more sober, and their needs extend far beyond “awareness.”

April 2, 2015 4:28 pm

On World Autism Awareness Day, Thoughts On Parenting A Son With Autism

Difference is inevitable in nature and in life. Difference is not just inevitable — it’s also good. It makes our ecosystems evolve, it makes our societies grow and change and it makes us, as individuals, adapt and become stronger.

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