Ethics & Medicine

Ethics & Medicine is a magazine focusing on Law

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 1, Spring

Do We Still Need Doctors?
Do We Still Need Doctors? John Lantos, MD London: Routledge, 1997 ISBN 0415918529, 224 pp, hardback cover, 20.99, paperback, 10.99 For anyone who wishes a relatively brief, easy-to-read, thoughtful, and deeply penetrating examination of the issues racine...
Editorial
The January decision of the British House of Lords to allow human embryonic cloning coincided nicely with the publication of WIRED magazine's lead article predicting that someone will clone a human in the next twelve months. The decision by the House...
False Hopes: Overcoming the Obstacles to a Sustainable, Affordable Medicine
False Hopes: Overcoming The Obstacles to a Sustainable, Affordable Medicine Daniel Callahan New Brunswick, N.J. and London: Rutgers University Press, 1999 ISBN 0-8135-2674-4, 330 pp., paper $17.00 Daniel Callahan, co-founder and until recently the Director...
Guest Editorial
When this journal first saw the light of day in the early 1980s the very notion of 'bioethics' was still new, especially in Europe. An American invention, even today it faces deep-seated professionalism as the primary European context for its issues...
Redux: Is the Oral Contraceptive Pill an Abortifacient?
Randy Alcorn has written a very thought provoking book1 which examines the evidence and concludes that the combined estrogen and progesterone oral contraceptive pill (OCP), or birth control pill as he prefers to call it, sometimes causes abortion2 of...
Sponsorship of Educational Programmes in Nigerian Medical & Pharmacy Schools by Pharmaceutical Companies: Possible Risk Implication for Public Health
In Nigeria, cost of drugs can account for up to sixty percent (60%) of health expenditure (Salako, 1992), in contrast to only about 10-20% in developed nations. The reason is that until recently, health was heavily subsidized and even free in some parts...
The Foundations of Bioethics, 2nd Edition
The Foundations of Bioethics, 2nd edition H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1996 ISBN 0-19-505736-8, 464 pp., hardback $39.95 For those who have been following the career of modern bioethics for the past few decades,...
Update: The Legalization of Euthanasia in the Netherlands
On 28 November 2000, the Second Chamber of the Dutch parliament accepted the proposal for law regarding legalization of voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide.1 The proposal will now go to the First Chamber which will probably discuss it early 2001....
Why the Future Doesn't Need Us
From the moment I became involved in the creation of new technologies, their ethical dimensions have concerned me, but it was only in the autumn of 1998 that I became anxiously aware of how great are the dangers facing us in the 21st century. I can date...