Dignitas Article

The Discovery of Global Bioethics through an Application of C.S. Lewis' Thought on the Moral Law

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Another Breach in Hippocratic Ethics: Shouldn’t Medicine Be More Than a Business?

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An Update on the Frontlines of Alternatives to Embryonic Stem Cell Research

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Regulation (or Lack Thereof) of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the U.S. and Abroad

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Medical Exploitation and Black Market Organs: Profiteering and Disparities in Global Medicine

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HPV Vaccine: Panacea or Pandora’s Box? The Costs and Deceptiveness of the New Technology

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G12 Country Regulations of Assisted Reproductive Technologies

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From iPods to iHumans: What Will Nanotechnology Do to Us?

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When I Was Hungry, You Gave Me to Eat: The Dignity of Hand Feeding in Persons with Dementia

Preserving the dignity of those who inhabit Nursing Homes at the end of life—individuals frequently bearing the concurrent burden of dementia— is a critical feature of cultures that embrace compassion. In the United States, such persons comprise a demographic estimated at five million. One demanding aspect of care in this population is feeding. The ethical dilemma resides in the choice between hand feeding by staff or family versus feeding tubes. Hand feeding is adopted when it is comfortable and safe, that is, unaccompanied by aspiration; and although human intimacy integral to hand feeding would be preferable, feeding tubes have become de rigueur in contemporary medical practice. As Kenneth Ludmerer poignantly asked, might the efficiency in time and effort derived from feeding tubes, as well as their reimbursement as medical procedures, be the dynamic driving choice in this context?[1] Recent publications are noteworthy in this regard.

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Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome: An Update on Contemporary Reproductive Technology and Ethics

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