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. 26, No. 3, May-June

At the Juncture of Theory and Practice: Remarks on Receiving the Henry Knowles Beecher Award
I am honored to accept this award named for Henry Knowles Beecher, whose courageous research helped to launch bioethics, and especially to receive it from The Hastings Center. I remember my sense of discovery and elation on taking part in one of the...
Cross-Cultural Miscommunication
Chinese herbal medicines are advertised as having impressive medicinal qualities, yet are neither classified nor regulated as medicines by the Food and Drug Administration. Yet, like any medicine, their misuse can be dangerous. In fact, an increase in...
Do Bioethics Commissions Hijack Public Debate?
Government bioethics commissions have become a familiar part of the political landscape over the past twenty years, and not only in the United States, but in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Besides the novelty of national ethics panels, what is perhaps...
Ethics as Design: Doing Justice to Moral Problems
Suppose I face a moral problem, how ought I go about figuring out what to do? The question is not simply how I should evaluate proposed courses of action, but how I go about devising such courses of action, a subject on which, as Stuart Hampshire observed...
How Slippery the Slope?
Managed care was what the nurse in the white cap did for you when you were hospitalized for ten days for your hernia repair; Arthur Caplan had never appeared on Nightline--there was no Nightline, and assisted suicide was still an oxymoron when the New...
Institutional Review Boards: A Net Too Thin
There are two things hat you never want to say to a U.S. Senator who asks for information about a problem and ways to solve it: the information doesn't exist, and there are no tenable solutions. That was the uncomfortable position the General Accounting...
Judging the Other: Responding to Traditional Female Genital Surgeries
Western feminists, physicians, and ethicists condemn the traditional genital surgeries performed on women in some non-Western cultures. But coming to moral judgment is not the end of the story; we must also decide what to do about our judgments. We...
Judging the Past: Case of the Human Radiation Experiments
"It was a different world then." "They weren't as sensitive to these issues as we are nowadays." "You can't judge people of that time by our standards." Such remarks are common. They express a reluctance to make moral judgments about the past--even a...
Liberty, Equality, Death!
Two influential federal courts of appeals made news--and perhaps legal history--this spring when they held that state statutes prohibiting assisted suicide could not be applied against physicians who provide the means by which terminally ill patients...
Questionable Parents
For a long time judges have only reluctantly allowed state officials and others to interfere with parents' child rearing activities. Guided by family law and constitutional law pRinciples, they have provided parents with substantial protection from interference...
Society's Diseases
Jackie is thirty-two years old and fifteen weeks pregnant. She and her partner, Michael, are excited about their pregnancy, which was "planned." Jackie, who never expected to want a child until she met Michael two years ago, has made arrangements with...
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