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Category Archives: Health Care Costs & Delivery

Truth In Advertising. Global Health Implications.

August 12, 2016

Perhaps it is not advertising in the strictest sense of the term but when WHO puts out their five-year goals for ending the HIV epidemic it is communicating two things— a sincere call to bring the largest sexually transmitted infectious disease epidemic in modern history under control and, the need for funding to do it. …more»

Too Many Research Products. Too Few Research Volunteers. Ethical Implications

August 3, 2016

The financial and infrastructure investment in clinical research over the past several decades has resulted in major benefits to the health of individuals in both wealthy and poor countries. The ability to identify the cause of disease and develop treatments to control and even eradicate disease is a testimony to the investment in clinical research …more»

The VRC01 Study Must Be Stopped Now

April 11, 2016

Modified April 24, 2016 First Tuskegee, then Guatemala, and now VRC01 In April, 2016 NIH initiated a study of the HIV broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibody (bNAb) VRC01. The study mimics two infamous studies, Tuskegee and Gautama, universally declared unethical for withholding effective treatment from sexually transmitted infections in disadvantaged populations. (1-3) As if the memory …more»

The Calculus of Human Value

March 23, 2016

How is it Determined? In the opening of the 1998 movie A Civil Action, John Travolta plays the protagonist, an aggressive Boston attorney. The film and a book of the same name are based on a true story of a court case about environmental pollution of water that took place in Woburn, Massachusetts, in the …more»

Elimination of the Annual Physical Exam and the Ethical Practice of Medicine

January 13, 2016

An example of a concern about the shift in healthcare thinking     “To the best of my ability and judgment I will practice the Art only for the benefit of my patients.” From the Oath of Hippocrates. Late Fifth Century BC.   Hippocrates, often referred to as the father of medicine provided principles for the …more»