The Hastings Center Report

The Hastings Center Report is a bimonthly magazine addressing ethical issues in medicine and the life sciences for an audience of physicians and other health care practitioners, attorneys and professionals in business and academia. Founded in Feb. of 1971, The Hastings Center publishes this magazine. Subjects for the Hastings Center Report are medicine and surgery. The Managing Editor is Joyce Griffin. Gregory E. Kaebnick is the Editor.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 2, March-April

An Eye for an Eye
An Eye for an Eye Should condemned prisoners pay their debts to society by donating organs for transplantation upon execution? George B. Markle, IV, a surgeon in private practice in New Mexico, broached the question satirically in a recent issue...
Beastly Questions
Beastly Questions We wept and watched, my wife and I, as a little girl fought for her life. She was tiny, frail, helpless, and so very vulnerable. Motionless except as her chest rose and fell spasmodically, there lay Lauren, our first grandchild,...
Bioethics on the Congressional Agenda
Bioethics on the Congressional Agenda Many people involved with bioethics are aware that the U.S. Congress passed legislation almost three-and-a-half years ago that authorized a standing body to deal with issues in this field, but most of them seem...
Medical Ethics in the Soviet Union
Medical Ethics in the Soviet Union It is now widely recognized that there are alternative medical ethics, including those of religious traditions, of secular philosophical systems, and those of other cultures. While our knowledge of these varied...
Preterm Labor and Prenatal Harm
Preterm Labor and Prenatal Harm Ms. W is a nineteen-year-old unmarried woman pregnant for the third time, having previously had an abortion when fifteen, and a daughter now ten months old. She was admitted to the hospital in the twenty-sixth or -seventh...
Research Notes
RESEARCH NOTES Members of the Washington elite try to nod knowingly in these days of budget cruches when asked about the "tough choices" that lie ahead, but few go out on a limb. The Hastings Center, with characteristic nonpartisan temerity, took...
Speculative Philosophy, the Troubled Middle, and Ethics of Animal Experimentation
Speculative Philosophy, the Troubled Middle, and the Ethics of Animal Experimentation The human use of animals, particularly in scientific experimentation, is a highly contentious and vexed question. Passions run deep, and level-headed thinkers often...
The Artificial Heart Juggernaut
The Artificial Heart Juggernaut In May 1985 a panel of experts urged the National Institutes of Health to resume funding to develop a totally implantable permanent artificial heart: Fully implantable ventricular assist systems, in which an auxiliary...
Theology and Bioethics
Theology and Bioethics As we enter neighborhood homes, many of us have been quickened with the peculiar hospitality of a sign that reads: "Beware of dog." There are doubtless many people around who believe that an analogous sign is in place when a...
The Wait Goes On
The Wait Goes On In 1982 questions were raised in the Dutch parliament about the new developments in artificial reproduction. In response, the Minister of Health decided to ask the Health Council for advice on the ethical, social and psychological...
Webster and the Politics of Abortion
Webster and the Politics of Abortion President George Bush, asked whether he would wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade before taking Presidential initiatives on abortion replied: "Wait. I think probably wait.... But I'd like...