Must read opinion piece on Ouch! (the BBC web-site on disability)

Sir Thomas William Shakespeare, 3rd Baronet of Lakenham a.k.a. Tom Shakespeare the sociologist and disability activist is recounting his experiences of NHS rehabilitation after spinal surgery. This is a must read piece for anyone interested in the irrationality of health care systems and will also be an excellent basis for a discussion with students about […]

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Bioethics Briefing Book

The Hastings Center has produced Birth to Death and Bench to Clinic: The Hastings Center Bioethics Briefing Book for Journalists, Policymakers, and Campaigns It contains 36 overviews of issues in bioethics of high public interest, such as abortion, health care reform, human and sports enhancement, organ transplantation, personalized medicine, medical error, and stem cells. The […]

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And the language of bioethics is… ?

Going to conferences can often be a frustrating experience. Going may be good for refreshing your academic network but there is rarely any deep discussion of the topics on the agenda and many of the presentations are to be blunt rather boring. I therefore count myself very lucky to have attended 3 interesting conferences within […]

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A fishy affair

Writing in his usual uncompromising style Ben Goldacre describes the latest carry-ons in the “trial” carried out in Durham by the Council on whether fish oils improve GCSE performance: You’ll remember the Durham fish oil “trial” story, possibly the greatest example of scientific incompetence ever documented from a local authority. Initially they said – to […]

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