CBHD 2011 Annual Report

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2012 Reclaiming Dignity in a Culture of Commodification Conference Audio



An MP3 audio set containing all five plenaries from the 2012 Summer Conference Reclaiming Dignity in a Culture of Commodification including the conference welcome, introductory, and concluding sessions:

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Grey Matters: Turning a Blind Eye: An Ethical Assessment


If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
--Proverbs 24:12a

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Editorial: Human Dignity and Biomedicine


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On the Scandal Within the Scandal of Bioethics


Commentary: Six Years Later and Katrina Still Engenders Bioethical Debate

During August 2005, the Gulf Coast experienced the most expensive natural disaster in history. The remarkable devastation would be painfully remembered simply as Hurricane Katrina. Amidst the hue and cry of lives lost, levees that failed—and alleged FEMA incompetence—Hurricane Katrina’s darkest moments, especially for medicine, continue to reverberate. It must never be forgotten that after the initial shock from the powerful storm had dissipated, forty-five corpses were retrieved from one New Orleans hospital under suspicious circumstances.[1] A subsequent article reporting the events was trenchant enough to receive a Pulitzer Prize.[2] At the time, it was alleged that some of these forty-five individuals were injected with sedatives such as morphine to relieve either their suffering or to deliberately hasten their deaths.[3] Therein lays the rub of the principle of double effect. The Louisiana Attorney General and prominent forensic scientists labeled what happened homicide.[4] The local coroner later testified in agreement with this claim and provided evidence of the drug levels to demonstrate what should have been a lethal cause and effect. Also critical to the ensuing debate, several of these persons whose death may have been hastened did not have a Do Not Resuscitate order. There was no evidence that any of the individuals consented to assisted suicide. One case study may provide insight.[5]

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Grey Matters: The Origami Brain: From Neural Folds to Neuroethics



Starting from an uncut paper square and proceeding through a series of careful folds, origami master Brian Chan has fashioned a detailed replica of the human brain, which he displays on his website.1 Art imitates nature as tissue paper patterns the shape of living tissue. The fine wrinkles and fragile creases of Chan’s extraordinary model depict the brain’s intricate ordering and delicate construction.

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Adolescent Confidentially: An Uneasy Truce


Editor’s Note: This column presents a problematic case that poses a medical-ethical dilemma for patients, families, and healthcare professionals. As it is based on a real case, some details have been omitted in the effort to maintain patient confidentiality. In this case, the doctor discusses her experience from the retrospect of the unanswered question.

Column Editor: Ferdinand D. (Nick) Yates, MD, MA; Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, State University of New York at Buffalo

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Doing No Harm To Hippocrates: Reality and Virtual Reality in Ethics Education


 “How could physician healers have turned into murderers?  This is among the most profound questions in medical ethics.”1

“How could men and women sworn to the Hippocratic oath, trained as professionals in the world’s most advanced scientific culture, come to commit crimes that even today stand as exemplars of evil?”2

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