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July 1, 2018

Confusion and Conscientious Objection in Arizona

by Steven H. Miles, MD and Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.

Nicole Mone Arteaga was trying to get pregnant. It had been difficult for her.…

March 6, 2018

Mainstream and Conservative: Different Flavors of Bioethics

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

As part of my Bioethics in Society: Critical Studies of Bioethics course, students have noticed a  divide in bioethics writing between what we are calling mainstream bioethics and conservative bioethics.

January 12, 2018

New Graphic Medicine at AJOB

by Eric S. Swirsky, JD, MA

It is my privilege to introduce the health humanities community to the work of biomedical visualization students at the University of Illinois at Chicago, whose work will be featured as cover art in forthcoming issues of AJOB.  …

December 18, 2017

"It's a beautiful thing: The destruction of words"

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

“It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. Of course the great wastage is in the verbs and adjectives, but there are hundreds of nouns that can be got rid of as well…”

My first career out of college was as a writer.…

November 13, 2017

Teaching Better Communication: A Bootcamp Experience

This post is written in response to Ubel, Scherr and Fagerlin’s target article, “Empowerment Failure: How Shortcomings in Physician Communication Unwittingly Undermine Patient Autonomy” published in the November 2017 issue of The American Journal of Bioethics.

July 7, 2017

The 2017 Common Rule and the Clinical Ethics of Prolixity

Some bioethicists link the beginnings of our field to the Nazi Medical experiments and the Nuremberg Trial (Annas). Whether this is the beginning of bioethics is debatable, but without a doubt, research ethics has been a central topic in the field.

February 3, 2017

The 2017 Common Rule and the Clinical Ethics of Prolixity

February 1, 2016

America’s (3D Printed) Gun Problem

by Amanda Zink, J.D.

Last week, Facebook and Instagram banned gun sales on their platforms. Despite the outcry after each mass shooting, believe it or not, America’s gun problem is only getting worse.…

July 16, 2015

Dr. Gerald Koocher's Response: Comments on the Hoffman report

In response to an invitation to reply to the recent blog post by Steven Miles, Dr. Gerald Koocher sent the following attached document.  …

July 15, 2015

The American Psychological Association Interrogation Policy and Dr. Gerald Koocher, AAAS Fellow

by Steven Miles, M.D. 

A recent 542-page report describes a damning collaboration between the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) and other government intelligence agencies.…

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Published Articles (15)

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 4 - Dec 2017

How should we deal with misattributed paternity? A survey of lay public attitudes Georgia Lowe, Jonathan Pugh, Guy Kahane, Louise Corben, Sharon Lewis, Martin Delatycki & Julian Savulescu

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 17 Issue 5 - May 2017

Genetic Fingerprints and National Security Beau P. Sperry, Megan Allyse & Richard R. Sharp

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 1 - Feb 2017

Online public reactions to fMRI communication with patients with disorders of consciousness: Quality of life, end-of-life decision making, and concerns with misdiagnosis Jennifer A. Chandler, Jeffrey A. Sun & Eric Racine

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 10 - Oct 2012

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on “Surrogate Decision Making in the Internet Age” Jessica Berg

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 10 - Oct 2012


American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 10 - Oct 2012

Review of Robert Klitzman, Am I My Genes? Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing Sonia M. Suter

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 10 - Oct 2012

Surrogate Decision Making in the Internet Age Jessica Berg

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 10 - Oct 2012

Genomic Inheritances: Disclosing Individual Research Results From Whole-Exome Sequencing to Deceased Participants’ Relatives Ben Chan

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 9 - Sep 2012

Response to Open Peer Commentaries on “Can Medical Repatriation Be Ethical? Establishing Best Practices” Mark Kuczewski

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 9 - Sep 2012

Finding the Proper Place for Prevention: Review of Halley S. Faust and Paul T. Menzel, eds., Prevention vs. Treatment: What's the Right Balance? Peter H. Schwartz

News (1264)

May 17, 2013 2:10 pm

Video news: Star Trek - The Ethics of Space Exploration

Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, the Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics and Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University.


April 25, 2013 2:50 pm

Einstein's theory holds up in deep space

Some 7,000 light years away, Einstein’s theory of general relativity has stood up to its most intense test yet, scientists said on Thursday.

April 25, 2013 1:00 pm

Amazing 'mini livers' created with 3D PRINTER could lead to human-sized organs for transplant patients

Scientists used a 3D printer loaded with cells to create mini livers which can be infected with a disease to observe its progress through organ.  The tiny livers can also be used to monitor effectiveness of drugs.

April 4, 2013 3:27 pm

Custom 3-D Printer Pumps Out Synthetic Tissues Made of Tiny Droplets

There’s a new way to create materials with the properties of living tissues. Oxford University scientists have designed a programmable 3-D printer than can pump out a material that can flex like muscle or communicate like neurons.

March 22, 2013 4:52 pm

FDA aims to change the way it monitors safety of defibrillators

The FDA has proposed new rules aimed at improving the safety and reliability of automated external defibrillators, like this one on a commuter train near Boston. AEDs treat patients suffering from sudden cardiac arrest by shocking the heart back into a normal rhythm.

February 8, 2013 12:32 pm

U.S. settles with publisher Macmillan in e-books case (Reuters)

Publishing house Macmillan on Friday became the fifth and final U.S. book publisher to sign a settlement with the government in a sweeping antitrust case that accused them of conspiring to raise e-book prices.

February 8, 2013 12:28 pm

U.S. professor finds longest prime number with 17,425,170 digits (Reuters)

After running 1,000 computers non-stop for 39 days to uncover the world’s largest prime number yet, a Missouri college professor said this week he is starting all over to top his own record.

January 28, 2013 1:31 pm

1st soldier to survive losing all limbs in Iraq war gets double-arm transplant in Baltimore (Washington Post)

The first soldier to survive after losing all four limbs in the Iraq war has received a double-arm transplant.  He also received bone marrow from the same dead donor who supplied his new arms. That novel approach is aimed at helping his body accept the new limbs with minimal medication to prevent rejection.

January 25, 2013 1:31 pm

Robodoc gets OK for hospitals (Boston Hearld)

It may be decades before machines take the place of doctors — yes, it’s possible — but Bedford-based iRobot has won federal approval for a rolling robot that can now connect physicians with patients anywhere in the world.

January 10, 2013 1:06 pm

Healing Knees With Light-Activated Gel (Popular Mechanics)

When the knee’s vital cartilage erodes or tears, there isn’t much that doctors can do to save it. Researchers are exploring a new kind of hydrogel that may lead to more optimistic odds of recovery.

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