Ethics & Medicine

Ethics & Medicine is a magazine focusing on Law

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer

A Neglected Solution to the Problem of the Metaphysical and Moral Status of the Human-Animal Chimera
Winner of The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity 2003 Essay ContestIntroduction*Biotechnologies that seek to create human-animal chimeras raise many interesting philosophical questions, and these questions are of different kinds. Some of these questions...
Read preview Overview
Book Review: Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution
Book Review: Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution Robin Marantz Henig Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004 ISBN 0-618-22415-7, 326 PP., HARDCOVER, $25.00In Pandora's Baby, Robin Marantz Henig discusses the history...
Read preview Overview
Godsend or God's End?
Okay, so it's not going to win any Academy Awards and go down in cinematic history as a work of art, but seeing this year's Lion's Gate movie Godsend is an interesting exercise. And, the film has caused quite a stir among some members of the biotechnology...
Read preview Overview
Human Embryos, "Twinning," and Public Policy
I. Introduction"What we are seeing," said Dr. Gail Zellman, a RAND Corporation researcher in Santa Monica, California, "is that there is reluctance by parents to do anything other than hold them."1 The reference to "holding" was not to any reluctance...
Read preview Overview
In the News
First Human Cloned Embryos DevelopedThe first human cloned embryos have been created in South Korea, raising issues of the need for a ban on human cloning in the United States and internationally. Korea had enacted a law to prohibit human cloning for...
Read preview Overview
Lethal Injection: The Medical Charade
How in God's name can there be a showing of cruel and unusual punishment by the insertion of a medically accepted device to inject a fluid into the body?-Daniel J. Porter, District Attorney, State of Georgia v. Michael Wayne NanceIntroductionLethal injection-the...
Read preview Overview
Light from the North: Canada Comprehensively Bans Human Cloning
Though most Americans remain entirely oblivious of the fact, there is great news from Canada. After years of debate, a bill covering many aspects of reproductive technology has just been passed and awaits the formality of the royal assent. It contains...
Read preview Overview
The Meaning of "Human" in a Time of Chimeras
One of the foundational tasks of ethics is to identify those beings which are morally relevant and why those beings have a moral relevance that may be denied to others. Within the Christian tradition, the primary locus of moral relevance has been the...
Read preview Overview
When a Family Member Changes Their Mind regarding the DNR Order: The Importance of Documentation
IntroductionCardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is considered the standard of care for a patient in cardiac arrest. However, it may be inadvisable for some patients to receive CPR due to a poor chance of meaningful survival; therefore the Do-Not-Resuscitate...
Read preview Overview
When Names Make Claims: Ethical Issues in Medical Device Marketing
Introduction"Image is Everything," or so says the camera division of Canon, Inc. Product branding is ultimately about creating a relationship with the customer, and in the case of the direct-to-consumer advertising strategies of pharmaceuticals, the...
Read preview Overview