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. 4, July-August

A Compromise on Abortion?
A Compromise on Abortion? "Can we compromise about abortion?" I am asked. The backdrop for this question is the strong possibility that Roe v. Wade ultimately will be either overturned or substantially restricted. My temptation is to answer simply...
A World without Roe: How Different Would It Be?
A World Without Roe: How Different Would it Be? Though presented with many opportunities over the past 16 years, the Supreme Court has yet to retreat from its ruling in Roe v. Wade, the case that is now understood as establishing a constitutional...
Caring for the Elderly and Malta's National Health Scheme
Caring for the Elderly and Malta's National Health Scheme One of the most significant global developments of this century is the dramatic increase in the number and proportion of aging persons. Demographic trends indicate that in the next few decades...
Ethical Responsibility in the German Democratic Republic
Ethical Responsibility in the German Democratic Republic There can be no doubt that a close connection exists between the handling of ethical problems in the provision of health services and the social system of a given country. The socialist health...
Ethics and Genetics: An International Survey
Ethics and Genetics: An International Survey A first step toward resolving ethical problems in medicine is to discover how clinicians approach these problems in practice. In a rapidly evolving specialty like medical genetics, most of whose practitioners...
France: A Focus on the New Reproduction
France: A Focus on the New Reproduction European bioethical discussion in 1987-1988 was centered on new procreation techniques such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization. Father Patrick Verspieren, in his compilation of the principal...
From Global Rationing to Target Setting in the U.K
From Global Rationing to Target Setting in the U.K. Since its founding in 1948, Britain's National Health Service has worked on the basis of an implicit concordat between the state and the medical profession. The state has allocated capped, global...
In Ghana, Conflict and Complementarity
In Ghana, Conflict and Complementarity A people's approach to health care is based on their understanding of human being, life, and consequently health.[1] In Ghana, as well as other non-Western nations, the interplay of traditional modes of health...
In Turkey, New Goals for Health Care
In Turkey, New Goals for Health Care The opportunity and ability to enjoy a healthy life is, indisputably, a basic human right. As a consequence, governments are responsible for delivering health care to all. Within this framework, physicians must...
Is There Life after Roe V. Wade?
Is There Life After Roe v. Wade? It has been sixteen years since the landmark case Roe v. Wade was decided by a majority vote of the United States Supreme Court.[1] Sixteen years is enough time for humans and their laws to be conceived, embodied,...
Italy: Old Problems, New Books
Italy: Old Problems, New Books The growing interest in bioethics in Italy is clearly witnessed not only by a proliferation of public conferences and meetings, but also by an increasing number of articles in professional journals, no less than in newspapers...
Japan: A New Field Emerges
Japan: A New Field Emerges Under the impact of rapidly evolving medical science, bioethics is emerging as a new discipline in Japan--one in which participants are comparing traditional Japanese values with ethical insights of scholars from around...
Mapping the Human Genome
Mapping the Human Genome From early morning until late afternoon of the 24th through the 26th of October, 1988, scientists from some twenty-four countries met in Valencia to discuss the present status and future prospects of the Human Genome Project....
Medical Empowerment of the Elderly
Medical Empowerment of the Elderly "Empowerment" of the elderly has become a popular gerontological buzz-phrase of the 1980s.[1] It refers to the movement among advocates for older individuals to encourage activism among the capable elderly regarding...
Nazi Data: Dissociation from Evil
Nazi Data: Dissociation from Evil Dr. A is a researcher currently studying hypothermia. Most of his data come from experiments with fully informed volunteers whose responses are carefully monitored as their body temperature is lowered in a cold water...
Recovery from Persistent Vegetative State?: The Case of Carrie Coons
Recovery from Persistent Vegetative State?: The Case of Carrie Coons How reliable is a diagnosis of irreversible unconsciousness? In a unique case in New York, a state Supreme Court judge vacated an order allowing removal of life-sustaining treatment...
Searching for International Consensus
Searching for International Consensus A group of thirty-five physicians and ethicists from ten countries has produced "The Appleton Consensus: Suggested International Guidelines for Decisions to Forgo Medical Treatment" (published in the March edition...
Sweden: Growing Interest in Ethics
Sweden: Growing Interest in Ethics Since the publication of the first doctoral thesis in Sweden on medical ethics, Clarence Blomquist's Medicinsk etik (Medical Ethics) in 1971,[1] the medical ethics books of scholarly interest have been few and far...
Taking Hostages: The Linares Case
Taking Hostages: The Linares Case Five-month-old Samuel Linares aspirated a blue balloon at a birthday party on August 2, 1988. With his son in his arms, the twenty-three year-old father, Rudolfo, rushed to a fire station where paramedics removed...
The Federal Republic of Germany: A New Forum for Medical Ethics
The Federal Republic of Germany: A New Forum for Medical Ethics(*) With the founding of the Academy for Ethics in Medicine (Akademie fur Ethik in der Medizin) in Goettingen in 1986, a central organization has been established and the various national...
The Meaning of the Holocaust for Bioethics
The Meaning of the Holocaust for Bioethics Despite the central role played by the events leading to and during the Holocaust in bioethical discourse, bioethicists have paid surprisingly little attention to examining the nature of the crimes committed...
The New Health Service in New Zealand
Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) raises questions that are too important to be left ot policy analysts and economists. Those who utilize CEA should acknowledge its inherent value system and adapt it to a more...
Who's Afraid of the Human Genome?
Who's Afraid of the Human Genome? In Edward Albee's 1962 play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, George (a historian) describes the agenda of modern biology to alter chromosomes: ....the genetic makeup of a sperm cell changed, reordered...to order,...