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Janet and I have another bloggingheads discussion up. We talk about ethics, alternative medicine, and her prostate. Go and watch.

A frequent commenter on the conscience issue has raised a lot of questions on an recent post. He seems somewhat frustrated that I don’t understand his point. What I think he doesn’t realize is that I do understand his point all too well—he is just wrong. Here is an example: You also still haven’t cleared…

I hate this topic. I really do. But Abel started it this time. Over at Terra Sig, the good pharmacologist brought up the issue of pharmacists behaving badly. I’ve dealt with the ethical implications of conscience clauses ad nauseum but Abel’s discussion raised some important points. A brief recap: a patient with a valid prescription…

David Kirby: dangerous, unethical prick

OK, the title is inaccurate. Kirby is not bound by the same code of ethics as researchers and doctors, so perhaps he’s not unethical. But his latest rant in HuffPo encourages unethical behavior. Honestly, I’m getting tired of writing about this guy, but he just keeps bringing the stupid, and something about that just calls…

Do quacks prey on vulnerable groups?

A while back I wrote about a naturopathic “physician” who was specifically preying on the Latino community. This is troubling for a number of reasons, some of which I mentioned. In my zeal to rant about the quackery, I may have not delved deeply enough into some of the other important issues. For example, Hispanics…

Eight notes on reproductive ethics

Reproductive ethics is a field I’m not all that familiar with, but it’s been a big deal lately, so I’ve been thinking about it a bit. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has a few broadsheets on ethics, which are actually rather helpful. Reproductive medicine is a great field for looking at ethical problems. Let’s…

Morning Report #1

Morning report is a daily conference for medical residents. It is done differently at different institutions, but normally a case is presented, often by the post-call team, and discussed by the senior residents and an attending physician. Today’s case will be the first in an occasional series. –PalMD Case: Mrs. M is an 89 year…

Sometimes I feel like I’m pounding my head against a wall. I’ve been wondering why the issue of so-called conscience clauses just won’t die, why otherwise intelligent people can’t just agree with me just don’t get it. Quick review: some health care professionals wish to be able to deny patients certain types of care, and…

Change we can believe in?

I’m one of those wacky idealists for whom January 20th was a great day. But with those high hopes, I have some fairly high expectations of our new president, one of the first of which is to repeal the Church Amendment, an HHS directive allowing health care providers to abandon proper ethics without consequence. I’ve…

Ethical implications of death by prayer

Nearly a year ago, a young girl was killed by her parents. She was dying of diabetic ketoacidosis, and her parents provided only prayer. They weren’t living on some compound under the thrall of some cult leader. They weren’t living in a third-world country far from modern medical care. They were living in the middle…