Hot Topics: Professionalism
For those who are aware of the dreadful 1927 Supreme Court decision Buck v Bell, the subject of the forced sterilizations of ‘undesirable’ people is not new. In a blog written over three years ago after the publication of Adam Cohen’s book Imbeciles, I stated, “If we devalue a person simply because they do not meet …Full Article
by Keisha Ray, PhD
This was originally given as part of the plenary session “What about the ‘H’ in ‘ASBH'”? at the 2020 annual meeting of The American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
As many of you may recall, when you are junior bioethicist, like myself, you often get a lot of unsolicited advice from more senior bioethicists.…Full Article
by Craig Klugman
In a startling whistleblower report, Dawn Looten who is a licensed nurse practitioner at the Irwin County (GA) Detention Center (ICDC) stated that patients were denied COVID tests, medical records were altered and destroyed, and most disturbingly, that a very high number of hysterectomies were performed on detained immigrant women who may not have understood what was being done to them.…Full Article
Keisha Ray, Ph.D.
Recently the term black bioethics has been having its moment. With the world’s recently increased attention to racial justice, institutional racism, and medical racism, there has been more attention to the relationship between black people and health and health care. …Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Tommye Austin is senior vice president and chief nursing officer at University Hospital in San Antonio. Like most Texas hospitals, UH has been hard hit by the pandemic in recent weeks and PPE is in short supply.…Full Article
by Christine Grady, RN Ph.D., and Connie Ulrich, Ph.D. RN FAAN
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Claudius famously notes “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.”…Full Article
by Annie Janvier, MD, PhD and John D. Lantos MD
The COVID-19 crisis has been compared to war. Providers are being drafted.…Full Article
by Daniel W. Tigard, Ph.D.
In recent days, an increasing number of individuals have disobeyed policies restricting mass gatherings to rally in support of government officials reopening the state and the country.…Full Article
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
A regular flurry of articles demonstrate the high cost that health care providers pay for their work during the time of COVID: Health care workers are being infected with COVID after caring for patients.…Full Article
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AstraZeneca recently disclosed a key mistake in their vaccine trials. How will this impact the trust and reliability of their results? What ethics needs to be considered regarding this mistake? Can these results now hold up with further testing?Full Article
“The clinicians also painted a grim picture of their lives, as the pandemic enters a newly robust phase with record case counts in the United States. About half already said their mental exhaustion was at an all-time high. Many worried about keeping their doors open: about 7 percent said they were not sure they could remain open past December without financial help.”Full Article
“Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has agreed to plead guilty to three federal criminal charges for its role in creating the nation’s opioid crisis and will pay more than $8 billion and close down the company.” What harm has already been done? The opioid crisis has been a big obstacle to tackle in recent years due to those that struggle with its addiction and the interests of many pharmaceutical companies.Full Article