The ethics of abortion – De ja vue or necessary debate?

This summer I realised with some horror that it was 20 years ago I first presented a paper at an international medical ethics conference while still being a medical student. That paper was on who should control the fate of aborted foetuses and the paper I gave the year after at the same conference was […]

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Hot on the newsstands…

The latest JME is out today… and I’d just like to draw everyone’s attention to the paper on facial allograft transplantation by Ben White and some random bloke who needs a haircut.  This isn’t because I had anything to do with it, but because (a) it’s very good, and (b) it’s based on Ben’s dissertation […]

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On Hospital Ethicists

At the beginning of August, Dan Sokol wrote a piece for the BBC news site in which he touched on the place of hospital-employed ethicists.  Apparently, this is a reasonably common position in the States.  I used to be of the opinion that hospital ethicists would be a good idea – when I was a student, […]

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WoooOOOoooO!! Research!!

That “wooOOOooO” was the sound a ghost makes, just in case you were wondering.  I’m not sure if what follows is more of a tale about woeful reporting, or woeful research. What I am more sure about is that many of you will have seen BBC reporting that “[a] large study is to examine near-death experiences in […]

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Food without much thought…

By David Hunter Something that always surprises me at bioethics conferences, especially given the number of vegetarians in the field, is the absence of quality or sometimes even any vegetarian food. Take the recent International Association of Bioethics (IAB) Congress in Croatia. The lunches were fairly awful especially for vegetarians (although the KFC looking chicken […]

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Principles of Biomedical Ethics, 6. ed. – Nearing perfection?

It is rare to be able to review a book long before it is published. But my copy bears the publication year of 2009, even though I bought it in July 2008. Be that as it may, seven is the number of perfection so it is relevant to ask whether the 6th edition of Tom […]

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IAB conference 2008

I wonder what readers’ experiences were of the IAB conference in Croatia at the start of the month.  I know that some delegates had a terrible time with the organisation – what were your impressions?  Additionally, what was your impression of the standard of papers? For myself, I was happy to see that those whom […]

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Well, hello there…

Having taken on board the idea that the fashionable people are always late to parties, I made it my mission to be the last person to post an entry here. Søren’s instructions for blogging on this site were minimal: David and I can write what we see fit, as long as it’s not libellous.  I […]

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