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. 23, No. 5, September-October

"Ethics and Clinical Research" Revisited: A Tribute of Henry K. Beecher
The doctrine of informed consent, borrowed from the law of torts, cannot be readily transplanted into therapeutic settings. The broader, as yet unrealized, idea of informed consent, which suggests that parties must make decisions jointly, should guide...
Facts, Values, and Expert Testimony
In a court of law, we ordinary mortals are usually confined to testifying about matters of which we have direct knowledge - things we have personally seen or heard. Not so expert witnesses, who are permitted to offer their opinions. Successful expert...
For the Benefit of All
Margaret W, now forty-one, has had regular mammograms since she was in her mid-thirties, when she discovered a small lump in her left breast. Although the lump proved to be a benign cyst, on the basis of her family history her physician had strongly...
Guided by Intimates
E.M. Forster's novel Howard's End might be seen as a parable of proxy decisionmaking that underscores the need for the sort of proposal Linda and Ezekiel Emanuel make. The book is full of salutary warnings against relying on families to be good stewards...
Minds and Hearts: Priorities in Mental Health Services
To care for people with mental illness is to live in a world of inescapable misfortune and tragic choices. Mental illness strikes with a random yet pandemic quality, producing at its worst nightmarish hallucinations, crippling paranoia, unrelenting...
Praxis Makes Perfect?
If you like theory, you'll love the current debate about health care reform, in which theories and projections abound. But if you want to put your money on a proven winner, you'll have to look beyond the klieg lights that illuminate the deliberations...
The Constitution and Hastening Inevitable Death
The due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment protects the right of terminally ill persons to hasten their inevitable death. In prohibiting physicians from prescribing lethal medications by which such patients might hasten death, Michigan's ban...
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