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In the first St. Cross seminar of the term, Dr. Neil Armstrong talked about ethical challenges raised by mounting bureaucratic processes in the institutional provision of mental healthcare. Drawing on vignettes from his ethnographic fieldwork, Dr. Armstrong argued that the bureaucratization of mental healthcare has led to a situation in which the provision of care […]

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Last week, the British Court of Appeal released a press summary of its judgment in the case of Midrar Ali v. Manchester University NHS Trust. This week, the court posted the full judgment. In short, the court sustained the trial court judgment. 1. It ...

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Thanks to a generous grant from Open Philanthropy, last year the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities co-sponsored a workshop with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) examining the ethical and legal implications of recent advancements in our ability to assess the mental […]

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Thanks to a generous grant from Open Philanthropy, last year the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities co-sponsored a workshop with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) examining the ethical and legal implications of recent advancements in our ability to assess the mental […]

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STUDENT VOICES | A Reflection on The 2019 National Conference on Ethics in America at West PointBy Marla Hasin Imagine being stuck in a coffin-like box, with just enough room to feel the rise of your chest as you inhale. You attempt to look at your chest, but you are halted by the thump of […]

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By Eran Magen You open yourself up to the pain of others, in order to be a comforting presence in the middle of a terrible experience. It helps them, and it drains you. It is exhausting to experience so much secondhand suffering. Over time, it sucks the color out of your own life, leaves you […]

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The timing of organ donation relative to death of the donor is critical to the survivability and future functioning of the donated organs in the transplant recipient. With cardiovascular death, circulation ceases in the donor causing his or her death, making it legally and ethically permissible to retrieve the organs for donation. Unfortunately, cardiovascular death …

Continue reading "The Advancing Slippery Slope of Organ Donation and Euthanasia"

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by Julia Knopes, Ph.D.

Recently, the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) announced that the USMLE Step 1 exam for medical students will change its score reporting from a numeric score to pass/fail as of 2022. This news signals a substantial shift for medical education in North America and in particular the United States, as numeric Step 1 scores have been traditionally used to screen the most competitive applicants for physician residency programs. My hope is that the change in Step 1 scoring may lead to more holistic residency applications, as well as reduced medical student burnout when facing these life-altering exam scores.…

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The arrest of Harvard chemist and nanobiologist Charles Lieber on charges of lying about his research funding from China encapsulates two phenomena currently in tension: the global nature of modern science and attempts to nationalize the fruits of science.

The post Globalized Science in a Deglobalizing World appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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Among the most fundamental concerns regarding medical, biomedical, and bioethical decision making are the concepts of risk and benefit. Of course, benefit is better than risk so this might seem to be a fairly easy balance to calculate. But it is not. I...

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