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 September

A Realistic Approach to Maternal-Fetal Conflict
We should not think of babies as having a right to be born healthy. We cannot say what such a right involves, and if we could, enforcing it would infringe on the mother's most basic rights. Most importantly, positing such a right casts the fetus and...
Homo Economicus: Commercialization of Body Tissue in the Age of Biotechnology
The human body is becoming hot property, a resource to be "mined," "harvested," patented, and traded commercially for profit as well as scientific and therapeutic advances. Under the new entrepreneurial approach to the body old tensions take on new...
In Brief
The Illicit Use of Licit Drugs Canadian researchers report that at least on one street corner in Vancouver the prescription drugs of choice for black market resale are Valium 10 mg and Tylenol No. 3 (Canadian Medical Association Journal, 28 July...
Letters
The Incompetent Self: Metamorphosis of a Person? Madam: I would like to offer a "patient's eye" view of the case study "An Alert and Incompetent Self" (HCR, January-February 1998). The difference between the commentators seems to be over interpretations...
On the Difference between Physician-Assisted Suicide and Active Euthanasia
Those who defend physician-assisted suicide often seek to distinguish it from active euthanasia, but in fact, the two acts face the same objections. Both can lead to abuse, both implicate the physician in the death of a patient, and both violate whatever...
Power Corrupts ...?
Recent developments in agricultural technology are provoking concern in Europe, especially as a handful of multinational companies come to dominate the market. Concern centers around the ways in which Monsanto and a few other companies are using...
The Meanings of Suffering
Western thinkers have usually falsified our experience of suffering in trying to make sense of it. In a postmodern age, their accounts seem implausible. We need a way of making sense of suffering while admitting its horror. Suffering is one of the...
Three Patients, Two Hearts
JW was a sixteen-year-old male with congenital cardiomyopathy who had undergone surgical treatment of ventricular ectopy in infancy. With recent development of progressive heart failure and recurrence of ventricular arrhythmias, he was evaluated for...
Too Many Parents
Biomedical developments have generated countless challenges for the law. While the legal system's response is not always awe-inspiring, its confused and faltering reaction to medically assisted reproduction is in a class by itself. Perhaps this is...
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