By Martyna Tomczyk. As is well known, assistance in suicide is allowed in Switzerland. Although this practice is not explicitly regulated by law, Article 115 of the Criminal Code stipulates that assisting someone to commit suicide is only punishable if this is carried out for selfish reasons. Private right-to-die organizations have developed their activity in […]
Champagne, cava, Prosecco, and whisky: Drinks and diminishing marginal utility
By David Shaw. Christmas is here, and for many people that means buying some booze. As it’s a special occasion, not just any alcohol will do; many will buy champagne, if not for Christmas then to see in the New Year. And a dram (whisky) is another traditional way to celebrate Hogmanay. But when budgets […]
How much information is enough? It should be your choice!
By Sophie Ludewigs, Jonas Narchi, Lukas Kiefer and Eva C. Winkler. It is rare to return from a visit at the doctor’s office or a clinic and feel informed to a satisfactory degree. In many cases, one will either feel completely overwhelmed by the amount of medical information and the professional lingo used, or, on […]
Children into this world? Really?
By Matti Häyry. People have children for various reasons. Some of these concentrate on anything but the child. God demands it, nature requires it, society needs it, family and friends wish it, people themselves want it. Others focus on the children. They would have a good life, a good-quality life, a life worth living, and […]
Loneliness is major public health concern, and bioethicists should rise to the challenge
By Zohar Lederman. Loneliness nowadays poses one of the greatest threats to human health. It was prevalent worldwide before Covid and has gotten worse after Covid. It negatively affects our health, increasing the risk of depression, suicide, cardiovascular disease and early mortality. Loneliness also makes us miserable. Identifying these, several governments, the American Academies of […]
A global vaccine tax to expand COVAX’s mandate
By Felicitas Holzer, Federico Germani, Ivette Ortiz Alcántara, Julian März & Nikola Biller-Andorno Equal access to vaccines has been one of the key ethical challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most scholars consider the massive purchase and hoarding of vaccines by high-income countries, especially at the beginning of the pandemic, to be unjust towards vulnerable people […]
Extra-corporeal gestation, or why things still stink
By Giulia Cavaliere. It is once again November and I am once again—three years since writing this piece—thinking about extra-corporeal gestation, the futuristic prospect of supporting foetuses in an artificial uterine environment. Considering that it cannot be the approaching winter months that sparked a wave of fresh thoughts on this technological possibility, what is? A […]
Coney Barrett´s juxtaposition: covid = abortion?
By Ezio Di Nucci. While the left was busy making excuses for vaccine mandates, conservatives saw an opportunity: if autonomy could be sacrificed on the altar of public health, then the modest gains made against patriarchal oppression during the 20th century might no longer be beyond reach, early in the 21st. In December 2021, during […]
Trusted Research Environment – a name to trust?
By Paul Affleck, Jenny Westaway, Maurice Smith and Geoff Schrecker. You don’t have to be a nominative determinist to believe that it matters what things are called. Prompted by Graham et al.’s paper Trust and the Goldacre Review: why trusted research environments are not about trust, we’ve been thinking recently about the best name for […]
“Saviour or Sinner?” Why the case of Justin Stebbing matters
By Johnna Wellesley & Emma Tumilty The suspension of Justin Stebbing has ended and sparked renewed discussion in the media and medical community about the fairness of his case. While criticism of the GMC in general is ongoing and vociferous, a closer look at what was at stake here and what the backlash to it […]