Category Archives: Ethics

Heard on the floors #3

Mr. M was a 60 year old Asian male who was diagnosed three months ago with cholangiocarcinoma- cancer of the gallbladder bile ducts. He was brought into surgery one week ago, because the CT scan suggested that it may be … Continue reading

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Heard on the floors #1

During my surgery rotation, I spent one day on call with the trauma surgery team. This day happened to be on a weekend, so I rounded with the team in the morning, then hung around in the trauma bay for … Continue reading

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Foot soldiers of public health

Change is best when it comes from within. In a poor neighborhood in Calcutta, children are being recruited to spread awareness and facilitate polio vaccination. Below, a clip from Maren Grainger-Monsen, MD, and Nicole Newnham’s documentary for the Program for … Continue reading

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It’s alive!

What does it mean to create a monster, or to cross the line between nature and experimentation? A new exhibit at the US National Library of Medicine takes a look at Frankenstein, through the lens of bioethics. In 1818, Shelley’s story … Continue reading

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Down, but not Out

Remember watching Lorenzo’s Oil in 5th grade? Well Lorenzo’s father (who discovered a treatment for his son’s degenerative condition), it turns out, has a kindred spirit. Enter, Alberto Costa. When Costa’s daughter Tyche was born with Down Syndrome, he launched himself … Continue reading

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Playing well with others

In an effort to identify students with strong interpersonal skills, some medical schools are embracing creative interviewing methods in their admissions processes. At Virginia Tech Carilion, 26 candidates showed up on a Saturday in March and stood with their backs to the … Continue reading

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Generations

Fantastic interview with Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, over at The AV Club, with special mention of a upcoming children’s adaption. AVC: Part of the reason the Lacks family was afraid to talk to you … Continue reading

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I solemnly swear that I am up to no good

The new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 trailer has just been released, and Pottermania is in full swing. Trying to justify surfing Potter fansites when finals are just around the corner? Never fear – we have just … Continue reading

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Life after Death Row?

Christian Longo murdered his family in 2003. Now, as he awaits death by lethal injection, he wants to donate his organs. Read his chilling, and thought-provoking, op-ed piece. EIGHT years ago I was sentenced to death for the murders of my … Continue reading

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