Issues in Law & Medicine

Journal covering legal and ethical issues in the delivery of medical care.

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 2, Fall

AAPLOG Statement on Induced Abortion and the Subsequent Risk of Breast Cancer (1)
There is very strong evidence in the world's scientific medical literature that induced abortion constitutes a significant risk factor for future breast cancer. Is it a real risk that every woman considering elective abortion should be appraised of?...
A Critique on the Concept of "Brain Death"
Abstract: Since the concept of "brain death" was introduced in medical terminology, enough evidence has come to light to show that the concept is based on an unclear and incoherent theory. The "brain death" concept suffers by internal inconsistencies...
Brief Amici Curiae of C. Everett Koop, M.D., SC.D. et Al., in Support of Attorney General Ashcroft *
Interest of Amici (1) Amici are physicians, philosophers, and law professors engaged in the study and teaching of bioethics. Each supports the conclusion of the Attorney General of the United States that assisting suicide is not a "legitimate medical...
Brief Amici Curiae of the United States Catholic Conference et Al. in Support of Attorney General Ashcroft *
Interest of Amici (1) The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a nonprofit corporation organized under the laws of the District of Columbia. Its members are the active Catholic Bishops in the United States. The Bishops of Oregon are also...
Dutch Perspectives on Palliative Care in the Netherlands
Abstract: This study reports data gathered via extensive interviews with some of the leading authorities on the euthanasia policy that were conducted in the Netherlands. They were asked: It has been argued that the policy and practice of euthanasia...
Pluripotency of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Derived from Adult Marrow
Yuehua Jiang et al., Pluripotency of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Derived from Adult Marrow, NATURE, JUNE 20, 2002, at <www.nature.com>. Embryonic stem (ES) cells are pluripotent cells derived from the inner cell mass of the blastocyst that can...
Preface
The first article in this edition of Issues in Law & Medicine provides a critical evaluation of palliative care in the Netherlands. Dr. Raphael Cohen-Almagor, senior lecturer, University of Haifa, Israel, conducted twenty-eight interviews in the...
Responding to Requests for Physician-Assisted Suicide
Paul B. Bascom & Susan W. Tolle, Responding to Requests for Physician-Assisted Suicide, 288 JAMA 91 (2002). Studies of dying patients have shown that about half would like the option of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) to be available for possible...
Statement in the Ad Hoc Committee on the International Convention against the Reproductive Cloning of Human Beings, February 26, 2002
Mr. Chairman, We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the French and German governments for taking the initiative on human cloning, and to the members of the two panels that have provided the Ad Hoc Committee with valuable...
Testimony before House Government Reform Committee on Human Cloning May 15, 2002
Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity to submit this written statement about the feasibility of the criminal law provisions of the various human cloning legislative alternatives that have been proposed. The following...
The President's Council on Bioethics: Human Cloning and Human Dignity: An Ethical Inquiry-Executive Summary *
Preface Human Cloning and Human Dignity: An Ethical Inquiry is the first publication of the President's Council on Bioethics, which was created by President George W. Bush on November 28, 2001, by means of Executive Order 13237. The Council's...
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