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About Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD

My entry on Jack Kevorkian will soon go live at American National Biography. ANB is a powerful research tool from Oxford University Press that contains over 19,000 biographies of significant, influential, or notorious figures from American histo...

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Today, August 1, 2020, is the one-year anniversary of the New Jersey Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act.

Compassion & Choices reports that 42 large medical centers, hospitals, and hospices across the state have adopted policies allowing their doctors to offer MAID to terminally ill patients who request it.

The New Jersey Hospital Association has a implementation toolkit hereCompassion & Choices has a free online “Find Care” tool that enables New Jerseyans to find the nearest healthcare facility with this patient-supportive policy. 


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This new book addresses the ethical problems that physicians have to face every day while caring for critically ill patients. Improved treatments in emergency and critical care, have resulted in more patients surviving with reduced quality of life. This entails trade-offs for many patients, their families, and the teams caring for them. In 16 chapters experts in their respective fields describe compelling ethical challenges resulting from these discrepancies and discuss potential solutions.

  • How Ethics Can Support Clinicians Caring for Critically Ill Patients
  • Patients and Teams Caring for Them: Parallels Between Critical Care and Emergency Medicine
  • Indication and Prognostication
  • Consent, Advance Directives, and Decision by Proxies
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Inter-professional Shared Decision-Making
  • Shared Decision-Making With Patients and Families
  • Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Triage
  • Usage of Cutting-Edge Technology: ECPR
  • Usage of Cutting-Edge Technology: ECMO
  • Limiting Life-Sustaining Therapies
  • Advancing Palliative Care in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine
  • Organ Donation and Transplantation
  • Disproportionate Care, Ethical Climate, and Moral Distress
  • To Treat or Not to Treat: How to Arrive at an Appropriate Decision Under Critical Circumstances
  • Epilogue: Critical Care During a Pandemic – A Shift from Deontology to Utilitarianism?


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The Uniform Law Commission has authorized the appointment of a Study Committee on Updating the Uniform Determination of Death Act. This study committee will study the need for and feasibility of updating the Uniform Determination of Death Act (1980), ...

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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has denied Farid Fata's motion for compassionate release from federal prison due to his age, health and the risks presented by COVID-19. He has served 5 years of his 45-year sentence. Fata w...

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New Zealand's referendum on end of life choice is September 19, 2020. Parliament already passed the End of Life Choice Act, but it has not come into force. The Act will come into force only if more than 50% of voters in the referendum vo...

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A fair number of videos from last month's World Congress of Bioethics are available for free on Vimeo.

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A fair number of videos from last month's World Congress of Bioethics are available for free on Vimeo.

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On Friday, the Texas Court of Appeals issued such a lengthy opinion on the constitutionality of TADA that one might think (like the dissenting justice) that the question has now been definitively answered. But it has not. The appeals court ruled on on...

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DeVonte Andrews, 18, was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Detroit. But his mother claimed that his condition was improving despite doctors at Ascension St. John Hospital declaring him brain dead. The case was starting to look like other ...

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