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. 20, No. 1, January-February

Can Others Exercise an Incapacitated Patient's Right to Die?
Can Others Exercise an Incapacitated Patient's Right to Die? The stage is set for a dramatic national resolution of the Cruzan family's tragic dilemma. The numerous amicus briefs filed with the Supreme Court urging reversal of the decision of Missouri's...
Choosing Death for Nancy Cruzan
Choosing Death for Nancy Cruzan In Cruzan v. Harmon, [1] the United States Supreme Court will, for the first time, decide whether a guardian has a constitutional right to require that all nutrition and hydration be with-held from an incompetent ward....
FDA's Compassion for Desperate Drug Companies
FDA's Compassion for Desperate Drug Companies The twentieth century opened with an expose of the meat packing industry that prompted almost immediate action to establish the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to protect consumers from unconscionable...
Fooling with Mother Nature
Folling with Mother Nature In 1816 Mary Godwin (Shelley to be) was holidaying in the Swiss mountains near Geneva, staying at the Villa Diodati. "It proved a wet ungenial summer and incessant rain often confined us for days to the house."[1] It was...
Genetics and Human Malleability
Genetics and Human Malleability Just how much can, and should we change human nature ... by genetic engineering? Our response to that hinges on the answers to three further questions: (1) What can we do now? Or more precisely, what are we doing now...
Just What Does Webster Mean?
Just What Does Webster Mean? In drafting the abortion law recently considered by the U.S. Supreme Court in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services the Missouri state legislature may have wrought more than it realized. Although the statute's preamble...
Let's Take Baby Doe to Alaska
Let's Take Baby Doe to Alaska Many commentators have criticized the "Baby Doe regulations" issued by DHHS in 1985 as embodying a "medical indications policy," that leaves inadequate room for moral considerations, such as parental values, in decisionmaking...
Live Sperm, Dead Bodies
Live Sperm, Dead Bodies COMMENTARY Not only do technical means exist for post-mortem sperm recovery, but compelling ethical reasons as well. As a physician, my primary motivation is to relieve pain and suffering. Eleven years ago I harvested...
Modernizing Mortality: Medical Progress and the Good Society
Modernizing Mortality: Medical Progress and the Good Society In Condorcet's history of human progress, published in 1795, he wrote the memorable words that to this day animate the enterprise of scientific medicine: Would it be absurd then to suppose...
Nancy Beth Cruzan: In No Voice at All
Nancy Beth Cruzan: In No Voice At All To speak of death is difficult. To listen may be harder still. "I wouldn't want to live like that." The sentiment too often prompts denial, tension, and flight. Even physicians, duty-bound to speak and hear of...
Nursing, Ethics, & Professional Roles
Nursing, Ethics, & Professional Roles There is growing concern that the teaching of ethics in nursing education programs, which has traditionally followed a medical model dictating that nurses follow directives given to them from medicine, does...
Organ Transplantation: A Paradigm of Medical Progress
Organ Transplantation: A Paradigm of Medical Progress Returning from Rome to Chicago recently in seat 23A of a Boeing 747 operated by British Airways I felt a magical sense of relief from the complexities of daily living. This world full of human...
Practicing Ethics: Where's the Action?
Practicing Ethics: Where's the Action? When I first joined The Hastings Center twenty years ago, I was a young biochemist working at the National Institutes of Health, researching problems that had solutions, albeit about bacterial physiology. Thanks...
The Calculus of Consent
The Calculus of Consent Nancy Cruzan's personal tragedy threatens to become a national one. Embracing so many fundamental and symbolic aspects of life, the question of how she dies has understandably provoked profound and diverse responses. Various...
The Court & Nancy Cruzan
The Court & Nancy Cruzan Nancy Beth Cruzan has lain in a persistent vegetative state without hope of recovery since an auto accident in January 1983, her life sustained by artificial nutrition and hydration. Convinced their daughter would not...
The Place of Autonomy in Bioethics
The Place of Autonomy in Bioethics I come not to bury autonomy, but to praise it. Yet my praise is somewhat muted; for autonomy merits only two cheers, not three. Five years ago at the fifteenth anniversary of the founding of The Hastings Center the...
The Report: Many Voices in Conversation
The Report: Many Voices in Conversation Let us reassure you that despite appearances, you are indeed reading the Hastings Center Report. While we'll accept full responsibility, praise, or blame, for the cover design, we want to reflect briefly on...

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