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. 36, No. 2, March-April

Bruce Jennings Departs
Bruce Jennings departs. One of The Hastings Center's most familiar faces and voices has moved a few miles down the Hudson River. This January, after twenty-five years at the Center, Bruce Jennings agreed to serve as a director for the Center for Humans...
Competent Refusal of Nursing Care
Ms. Winnow is a fifty-year-old morbidly obese Hawaiian woman with a history of diabetes, hypotension, and chronic atrial fibrillation. She was recently hospitalized with acute kidney failure as a side effect of being treated with the antibiotic gentamicin,...
Federal Executive Power and Communicable Disease Control: CDC Quarantine Regulations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published official notice of proposed "Control of Communicable Diseases" regulations that empower the federal government to deprive individuals both of civil liberties (through quarantine,...
Magic Eggs and the Frontier of Stem Cell Science
Two myths about eggs figure prominently in the story of Korea's national origin. First there is the tale of Pak Hyeokkeose, the first ruler of Shilla, the ancient Buddhist state that evolved into what is now North and South Korea. According to legend,...
No Method, Thus Madness?
If you ask most medical school deans if they have a course, program, or center doing bioethics, they will enthusiastically assure you that they do. And their enthusiasm for bioethics grows exponentially in proportion to their interest in showing that...
Not DEA'd Yet: Gonzales V. Oregon
On January 17, the Oregon Death with Dignity Act beat back yet another attempt on its life. In Gonzales v. Oregon, the U.S. Supreme Court (by a six-to-three vote) affirmed decisions of two lower federal courts and made permanent a 2001 injunction against...
Sex, Politics, and Morality at the FDA: Reflections on the Plan B Decision
On September 3, 2005, I resigned my consultant t position with the Food and Drug Administration. I did this to protest the agency's August 26, 2005, decision to delay a final ruling on over-the-counter availability of Plan B, the emergency contraceptive,...
Stem Cells: Starting Over?
The January-February issue of the Report was supposed to include one more article. What appeared was a set of short essays on the state of stem cell science and a feature article on how to choose cell lines for stem cell therapies in a way that is...
The Elephant in the Room
Not too long ago, you might have seen her under a circus tent at a tawdry sideshow: The Fat Lady. She was a massive woman, more than seven hundred pounds on a five-foot frame. She had not chosen to be on view--in fact, in her early forties, she had...
The Rights of "Unborn Children" and the Value of Pregnant Women
A quarter century after the "International Year of the Child," we now seem to be in the era of the "Unborn Child. Partly this is because of medical advances: highly refined imaging techniques have made the fetus more visually accessible to parents....
Traumatic Brain Injury and the Goals of Care
In this issue of the Report, Bruce Jennings gives us a beautiful and carefully articulated discussion of the care that should be accorded to brain-injured persons. He critiques conventional methods of providing care and suggests three areas for bioethical...
Would My Story Get Me a Kidney?
In 2004, a businessman and a physician launched matchingdonors.com to see whether the Internet could aid people needing organ and tissue transplants. Hundreds of people now use the site to tell their stories directly to the public. Patients tell how...
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