Ethics & Medicine

Ethics & Medicine is a magazine focusing on Law

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 3, Fall

Continuing "Futile" Icu Support at Relative's Insistence
The following consultation report is based on a real clinical dilemma that led to a request for an ethics consultation. Some details have been changed to preserve patient privacy. The goal of this column is to address ethical dilemmas faced by patients,...
Facebook and the Fusiform Gyrus
Ethics has gone digital. From Twitter to Tweeples, the ever accelerating world of online connectivity is reshaping the culture of bioethical discourse. While books and journals remain indispensable to serious ethical discussion, cyberspace has evolved...
"Give Me Children or I'll Die!" Is It Time to Consider the Uterus as a Non-Vital Organ Transplant?
Organ transplantation and assisted reproduction have inhabited separate ethical domains. Since they have evolved disparately, neither has found it necessary to overlap the other - either technically or ethically. That status quo is changing. Organ recipients...
The Future of the Human Species
If a number of pundits are correct, we have already taken some initial steps toward creating a posthuman future.1 The goal of this project is nothing less than the perfection of the human species. Specifically, human performance will be enhanced and...
Think It's Greed? It Might Be Pdmd: A Public Service Announcement
Clinical research scandals. Drug company bribes. You've probably heard horror stories about doctors and their industry ties. You may even criticize these doctors as "bad" or "unethical." But did you know they are actually suffering from a treatable disorder?...
Tracking Chromosomes, Castrating Dwarves: Uninformed Consent and Eugenic Research
AbstractIn 1929 Charles B. Davenport, a prominent biologist and leader in the American eugenics movement, carried out an experimental castration of a "Mongoloid dwarf" at a New York State mental institution. His goal was to retrieve tissue for chromosomal...