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Category Archives: Health Care Costs & Delivery

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»

The Right to Know vs The Failure to Inform

November 10, 2015

The Lancet was correct. The February 14 cover calls for contact tracing to control the Ebola virus epidemic. “To get to zero new infections means identifying every case and every contact.. .Ebola is not yet under control.” An accompanying editorial emphasizes the devastating effect of the spread of Ebola on regions, communities, economies and health systems.1 …more»

The Ethics of Robots

August 31, 2015

Robots, the Elderly, Deception, and More The web site begins: “Imagine sitting on a park bench and a 23-inch tall robot sidling up next to you and striking up a conversation. Would you be flustered and find another place to sit? Or would you squat down and chat with it at eye level? British researchers …more»

Doing Away with Ethical Guidelines. What’s Going On?

February 26, 2014

When well-known ethicists such as Ruth Faden, Tom Beauchamp, and Nancy Kass, call for an end to informed consent for certain clinical research trials one has to wonder what’s going on behind the scenes. In the February 20, 2014 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine they state, “Interest in learning healthcare systems and …more»

The Ethics of Research Studies with No Direct Benefit to Children

June 1, 2013

A worrisome trend in clinical research is emerging – using infants and children to evaluate products that have no direct benefit to them. It needs to be closely examined before further studies are proposed or implemented. Research advances have had enormous benefits for children over the past several decades. This is particularly true for HIV …more»