Medical Ethics

Doctors Need to be Human

Jim Sherifi | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jim Sherifi

We are currently in an professional environment where research-driven process is not being balanced by common sense. Even with all its failings there should always be a place for the dissenting voice born through experience to keep in check the march of the technocrat born through academic research.

Is the Choice to Be Killed the Same as Choosing a Car?

Rev Dr Malcolm Brown | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK
Rev Dr Malcolm Brown

How many Parliamentarians who will shortly debate the Falconer Bill on assisted suicide are people with wide enough life experience to empathise with those who see more choice as a threat and not a blessing? How many subscribers to the BMJ put themselves, day by day, into the shoes of people for whom consumer choice is someone else's luxury, even if their editor chooses to use his journalistic position to make a ruling on behalf of ethicists everywhere?

One In Five People With HIV Unaware They Have The Virus

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Around one in five people living with HIV in the UK are unaware they have the virus, figures show. Some 21,900 people out of 98,400 with HIV do not...

Doctors and Ethics: From the Nazis to Now

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

A physician is supposed to be a healer. Helping patients is so central to the profession's ideal that newly minted doctors take an oath to "do no harm". As a medical student, I look forward to the unique honour and responsibility of taking care of patients; but I'm also conscious of - and frightened by - a darker side of medical history.

With Attitudes Like This, Will We Ever Beat HIV?

Dr Steve Taylor | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Steve Taylor

Walking into the room, I saw eight people - predominantly doctors - and I could tell that at least five had already made up their minds to reject the project. It started predictably: "Well, we have spent a lot of time discussing this very interesting project, but have some significant concerns." That was why I was there - to allay their fears and get on with this important project. That was not to be.

Doctor Moved In With Widower A Month After Patient's Death

PA | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK

A doctor treating a woman with terminal cancer began a relationship with her patient's husband within weeks of her death as the two were "free spirits...

Presumed Consent Organ Donation: The Government Has Just Nationalised Your Body

Mike Judge | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Mike Judge

I used to carry an organ donation card. But I don't do so anymore. That's a shame because I would be delighted if someone had the chance of life after I was dead - just as long as I really was dead. The trouble is, I don't trust the government to make that decision for me.

Miller, Hunt and the Irrelevance of Viability to the Abortion Debate

Craig Purshouse | Posted 07.12.2012 | UK Politics
Craig Purshouse

Debating the science of when a foetus is viable rather than the relevance of viability itself implicitly accepts that a late-stage foetus's claim on existence outweighs the mother's right to bodily autonomy.

Eleanor Mills, Assisted Reproduction and Yuck Tests: Rationality, Not Intuition, Should Determine Our Response to Ethical Issues

Craig Purshouse | Posted 23.11.2012 | UK
Craig Purshouse

If someone said they found interracial marriages or gay sex disgusting and believed it should be banned for this reason, would you take them seriously? I thought not, yet Eleanor Mills in The Sunday Times believes that a sensible way to handle the sensitive legal and ethical issues surrounding assisted reproduction is to base it on her own gut reaction to such practices.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Rita Pal | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK
Rita Pal

Fasting has been common throughout history . It is the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. It is often used as a method of non-violent resistance to effect political change. Famous fasts include the forty hour fast by World Vision to bring awareness to poverty and hunger around the world. Mohandas K. Gandhi conducted several prolonged fasts as effective political and social protests.

MPs Debate Controversy Of Assisted Suicide Guidelines

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK Politics

MPs are debating the controversial guidelines on assisted suicide which could lead to some people avoiding prosecution for helping someone take their ...

MPs Debate Controversy Of Assisted Suicide Guidelines

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK Politics

MPs are debating the controversial guidelines on assisted suicide which could lead to some people avoiding prosecution for helping someone take their ...

MPs Debate Controversy Of Assisted Suicide Guidelines

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK Politics

MPs are debating the controversial guidelines on assisted suicide which could lead to some people avoiding prosecution for helping someone take their ...

The Debate on Euthanasia Need Not be About Life Vs. Death

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

Today, more than ever, we should retain the idea that euthanasia is an act of humanity and compassion to those for whom the prospect of death is better than that of a slow, painful and terminal decay.

Could Assisted Suicide Become Legal In Scotland?

PA | Posted 24.03.2012 | UK Politics

A fresh attempt to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland is being launched today despite defeat just over a year ago. Veteran politician Margo MacD...

Study: Black Humour Could Benefit Doctors And Patients

Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 28.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Doctors who joke about death and health problems in surgey, help themselves, and patients, get through tough times in hospital, research has found. ...