Ethics & Medicine

Ethics & Medicine is a magazine focusing on Law

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 2, Summer

A Good Death
IntroductionCongratulations to Ben Mitchell, the Ethics & Medicine staff, and the Editorial Board for putting together this fascicle. The ethical dilemmas presented at the end of life are increasingly frequent and complex. At least two factors contribute:...
Cerebral Neurophysiology, 'Libetian' Action, and Euthanasia
AbstractI assess, in this essay, some of the philosophical implications of a unique research program under the direction of neurophysiologist Benjamin Libet. Some of the conclusions reached by Libet extend far beyond physiological bounds into the metaphysician's...
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: There Is an Alternative
AbstractPeople request euthanasia or assisted suicide if suffering is unrelieved; however, it is argued that patients stop asking to have their lives foreshortened when their symptoms are well controlled. The claim that a suffering individual has a right...
Glimpsing the Grey Marble
Quiet as an eyeblink clicked the camera shutter from the window of Apollo 17. Astronauts Cernan, Evans, and Schmitt on December 7, 1972 captured the first clear and fully illuminated image of Earth ever taken from space. This historic and widely circulated...
Kidney for Sale by Owner: Human Organs, Transplantation, and the Market
Kidney for Sale By Owner: Human Organs, Transplantation, and the Market Mark J. Cherry. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2005. ISBN 1-58901-040-X; 258 PAGES, HARDCOVER, $26.95Those interested in the ethics of organ procurement and distribution...
Legal and Ethical Issues Associated with Brain Death
IntroductionPeople seem occupied with the war in Iraq on a daily basis. While this threat is real, especially to those living in the immediate surrounding region, a greater, and far more "realistic" threat remains hidden behind closed doors. While people...
Managing Ethically: An Executive's Guide
Managing Ethically: An Executive's Guide Paul B. Hofmann and William A. Nelson, Editors. Chicago: Health Administration Press, 2001. ISBN 1-56793-14 9-9; 270 PAGES, PAPERBACK, $16.00Managing Ethically: An Executive's Guide is a collation of short essays...
Marriage, Health, and the Professions
Marriage, Health, and the Professions John Wall, Don Browning, William J. Doherty, and Stephen Post, Editors. Grand Rapids, MI and Cambridge, UK: Wm. B. Eerdmans. ISBN 0-8028-4392-1; 327 PAGES, PAPERBACK, $30.00Some books are intended to be interesting,...
Permissibility to Accept Refusal of Potentially Life-Saving Treatment
Editor's note: This column presents a case that poses an ethical dilemma for patients, families and healthcare professionals. It is based on a real case, though some facts have been changed to preserve confidentiality. The story is presented to a Fellow...
The Ethical Dimensions of Psychoanalysis: A Dialogue
The Ethical Dimensions of Psychoanalysis: A Dialogue W.W. Meissner. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2003. ISBN 0-7914-5690-0; 371 PAGES, PAPERBACK, $29.95W. W. Meissner addresses the complex interaction between ethics and psychoanalysis...
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief Francis S. Collins. New York: Free Press, 2006. ISBN: 0743286391; 294 PAGES, PAPERBACK, $26.00I have always thought that Dr. Francis Collins is a pretty cool guy. When I first met him in 1992,...
Why Animal Experimentation Matters: The Use of Animals in Medical Research
Why Animal Experimentation Matters: the Use of Animals in Medical Research Ellen Frankel Paul and Jeffrey Paul, Editors. New Brunswick (USA) and London (UK): Transaction Publishers, 2001. ISBN 0-7658-0685-1; 224 PAGES, PAPERBACK, $24.95 /£18.95Recent...
Zeno, Job and Terry Schiavo: The Right to Die versus the Right to Life
AbstractThe stories of Zeno and Job are used to analyze the concept of rational suicide, the death of Terry Schiavo and the attendant collision between the right to die and the right to life movements in America. Zeno stubs his toe, interprets this minor...