Rude Awakenings

Doubtless, everyone in the world has by now heard the story of the “sleeping Belgian”: Rom Houben was believed to have been in a coma for 23 years, but was actually fully conscious for all that time.  If the reports are to be believed, it would have potentially serious implications for the way we think […]

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Does Medicine – and Medical Ethics – have a Pro-Life Bias?

There’s an essay by Diego Gracia called “Palliative Care and the Historical Background” that I frequently use in classes about Care ethics, and there’s a passage in it that always gets a fascinating reaction from students.  In this passage, Gracia claims that the true goal of medicine has always been curing, rather than taking care of […]

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David Nutt Speaks

Damn.  I thought I’d published this a couple of weeks ago.  Anyway… David Nutt tells his side of the cannabis sacking story in The Guardian, based on a longer piece here. A sample – or, if you will, a ‘teenth: What we can say is that cannabis use is associated with an increased experience of […]

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Progress in Medicine Conference

Bristol, 13-15 April. The aims of this conference are: To examine the nature, scope, causes, and grounds of progress in medicine. To provide a forum for developing the unified study of the history and philosophy of medicine, and in particular raising the profile of the philosophy of medicine in the UK and its engagement with […]

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