Humane Health Care International

Articles from Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring

Can Doctors Serve as Double Agents?
Correspondence and reprint requests: Bernard M. Dickens, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine and Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5, Canada. In their paper on scarce resource allocation decisions, Shaul and...
Enhancing Patient Participation in Team Decision Making
Correspondence and reprint requests to: Beverley J. Antle, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, 246 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1, Canada Meaningful communication with patients about their medical conditions and the options...
Euthanasia in the Media: Journalists' Values, Media Ethics and "Public Square" Messages
Correspondence and reprint requests: Margaret A. Somerville, McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, 3690 Peel Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1W9, Canada. The euthanasia debate, aspects of which I have addressed previously in the pages of this...
Fixing Broken Windows
Caregivers and concerned citizens searching for ways to maintain or mend the fabric of community upon which all effective health care depends can take hope from a recent book Fixing Broken Windows by George Kelling of Harvard's Kennedy School. (1)...
Healing Stories
Correspondence and reprint requests: James R. Wilkes, Centennary Health Centre, The Shonikel Clinic, 2877A Ellesmere Road, Scarborough, Ontario M1E 4C1, Canada. We all tell stories, it is how we make sense of things. Stories are woven together and...
Health against Wealth
Correspondence and reprint requests: Jane Fulton, The Health Group, R.R. # 1 Zion Line, Cobden, Ontario K0J 1K0, Canada. For years, the North American media has been declaring that a health-care crisis is at hand. This media attention and the emphasis...
Health-Care Student's Ten Commandments for Survival
Correspondence and reprint requests: Walter W. Benjamin, Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104-1284, U.S.A. Many have seen the ubiquitous "survival" T-shirts: "I survived spring break, Daytona Beach, Florida." "I survived...
Infertility: Origin of Judgment and Sources of Healing
Correspondence and reprint requests: Walter W. Benjamin, Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104-1284, U.S.A. "I have had four miscarriages. My husband and I were devastated by each one." The body of the well-groomed...
Managing Care the Canadian Way
Correspondence and reprint requests: Pat Armstrong, Director, School of Canadian Studies, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6, Canada For over 30 years, Canada has had a system for managing care that usually is called...
Pastoral Responses to Infertility
Correspondence and reprint requests: Lillian Perigoe, Lawrence Park Community Church, The United Church of Canada, 2180 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3K7, Canada. The paper by Dr. Walter W. Benjamin, "Infertility: Origin of Judgment and Sources...
Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Chaplain's Perspective
Correspondence and reprint requests: Sharon Grant, Chaplain in Oncology, Pastoral Services, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Whether she wishes it or not, a hospital chaplain working with terminally ill patients is drawn...
Scarce Resource Allocation Decisions: Issues of Physician Conflict and Liability
Correspondence and reprint requests: David C. Mendelssohn, 200 Elizabeth Street, 13 Eaton 239, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4, Canada. Physicians face conflicting priorities working in the complex Canadian health-care system of the 1990s. Their traditional...
Silicone Breast "Disease": Decision before Evidence?
Correspondence and reprint requests: Ross Upshur, Center for Bioethics, University of Toronto, 88 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L4, Canada. The 1996 Shattuck Lecture, "Evaluating the health risks of breast implants: the interplay of...
Some Advice for the Millennial Physician
* This paper is based on a commencement address delivered to the graduating class of the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Toronto, on June 21, 1996, in Toronto, Canada. Correspondence and reprint requests: Alvin Newman, Mount Sinai Hospital,...
Unintended Consequences
Technology has perverse consequences. We invest large sums in it, we install it and then depend on it to make our lives better. However, in Edward Tenner's words, "things bite back and exact revenge on us in unexpected ways." His book Why Things Bite...
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