Pandemic prioritarianism: what can we learn from Covid-19?

By Lasse Nielsen. Medical ethics have to learn from actual ethical experiences from the medical practice. The relevant interpretation and application of ethical theories must adhere to issues and questions that arise in clinical practice, and oftentimes we find that our intuitions about practical matters do not fit our theories and principles. In these cases, […]

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Apology, exposing the past key to black Americans embracing COVID-19 vaccines, American medicine?

By Doug Wojcieszak. Recent racial unrest has made many Americans — including the medical community — reflect on our nation’s racial history. The pandemic and our hopes for the COVID-19 vaccines, however, should make the medical community reflect deeper on the history of Black Americans and American medicine and how the future can be different. […]

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Can Malaysian Private Healthcare Providers Refuse to Treat Patients with COVID-19?

By Hui-Siu Tan   Malaysia is going through the emergency phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The marked surge of cases and deaths sees recent drastic measures from the government with the nationwide movement control order and a declaration of a national emergency the king this week. The democratic implications of an EO are worrying to […]

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Response to Nix and Weijer: Close Eneph? SARS-CoV-2 challenge studies and altruistic kidney donation

By Abie Rohrig and David Manheim In a recent blog post, Nix and Weijer argue that living kidney donation and volunteering for a COVID-19 challenge trial are disanalogous, and that “advocates of SARS-CoV-2 challenge studies must look elsewhere to justify the level of risk in these studies.” They offer three arguments to support this view: […]

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Vaccines and ventilators: need, outcome, or a right to a fair go?

By Julian Savulescu and Jonathan Pugh. The current UK approach to allocating limited life-saving resources is on the basis of need. Guidance issued by The General Medical Council states that all doctors must “Make sure that decisions about setting priorities that affect patients are fair and based on clinical need and the likely effectiveness of […]

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Response to Nix and Weijer: Close Eneph? SARS-CoV-2 challenge studies and altruistic kidney donation

By Abie Rohrig and David Manheim. In a recent blog post, Nix and Weijer argue that living kidney donation and volunteering for a COVID-19 challenge trial are disanalogous, and that “advocates of SARS-CoV-2 challenge studies must look elsewhere to justify the level of risk in these studies.” They offer three arguments to support this view: adverse effects […]

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Open future or an informed present? Cancer predispositions testing in children

By Sapna Mehta, Dennis John Kuo. Teenagers, and indeed all children to various extents, live in a world that does not recognize their independence fully.  In various situations, they find their rights being exercised by and interests being defined by parents as well as other authorities such as physicians, teachers and the state to a […]

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Bell v Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust: Considering the potential impact on children’s consent to all medical treatment?

By Rebecca Limb and Liz James On 1st December 2020, the Tavistock judgment was published. The legal issue concerning the court was identifying the circumstances where a child, under the age of 18 diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria (GD), is competent to give valid consent to the administration of puberty blockers (PB). The judgment has made […]

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“Healthcare heroes”: The danger of military metaphors

By Zahra H. Khan, Yoshiko Iwai, Sayantani DasGupta Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the “Healthcare Hero” metaphor has gained tremendous popularity, generating praise for healthcare workers as well as caution against the metaphor’s potentially negative consequences. In her recent article, Dr. Caitríona L Cox explains that, when heroized, healthcare workers face unfair expectations of personal sacrifice […]

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