Tag Archives: Ethics

Seeing things differently: a reflection on clinical photography

Michaela Clark Cape Town, South Africa   Image courtesy of the Pathology Learning Centre, University of Cape Town Looking into the face of a patient is a necessary part of the clinical experience. Yet despite the physical proximity achieved in the doctor’s office, on the operating table, or in the petri dish, it is only […]

The other pain crisis

Adil Menon Cleveland, Ohio, USA   A guiding principle of medical care is that humans regardless of their superficial differences are fundamentally the same in their physiology. One of the oldest and most persistent refutations of this premise is the centuries old myth of a uniquely “African body,” characterized by diminished pain response and elevated […]

Corruption and organ trafficking in Egyptian medicine

Hossam Reda Ghalab Tanta, Egypt   A scar left on a kidney trafficking victim. Healthcare for the indigent in developing countries often leaves much to be desired. Organ trafficking is rampant, its prevalence rising alarmingly and for some constituting a thriving business. In Egypt, each year hundreds of poor Egyptians sell their kidneys and livers […]

Religio Medici

Stefan K. G. Grebe Rochester, Minnesota, United States   Mama, take this badge off of me / I can’t use it anymore. / It’s gettin’ dark, too dark to see/ I feel I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door  “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” Bob Dylan   The main foyer of the Gonda building, Mayo Clinic by Stefan Grebe If the […]

George Orwell and the ethics of dealing in or dealing with cigarettes

Lynn T. Kozlowski Buffalo, NY, United States Early in World War II, George Orwell wrote the essay “England, my England,” commenting that as he was writing “highly civilized human beings” were flying overhead trying to kill him: They do not feel any enmity against me as an individual, nor I against them. They are ‘only […]

The flu vaccine: transparency, uncertainty, and trust in medicine

Anthony Papagiannis Thessaloniki, Greece   Sailing for the Holy Mountain from Ouranoupolis, Greece A few years ago the fear of ‘pandemic flu’ was spread widely all over the world, causing what has been termed an ‘emotional epidemic.’[1] The disease itself, its social dimensions, and the ways it was publicly handled could form the subject for […]

Outsourced clinical trials and ethical implications: India the most preferred global clinical trial hub

Persis Naumann Pittsburg, Pennsylvania   Introduction Pharmaceutical research is a complex social enterprise. With the proliferation of corporate globalization in the healthcare industry, pharmaceutical companies from western developed countries have increasingly offshored and outsourced global biopharmaceutical clinical trials to developing countries. The power of global pharmaceutical industries is extensive. It is important to understand the […]

On being disabled

Yeji Lee Toronto, Canada   Richard Whitehead (Centre) crosses the finish line in the London 2012 Paralympic Games on September 1, 2012. AFP photo / Adrian Dennis In the past the disabled have often been isolated from the rest of society by structural, physical, and emotional means, considered irrelevant or even detrimental to the development and […]

Public insurance expansion versus a single payer system

Adil Menon Brookline, Massachusetts   Since the late 1940s when employer based private health insurance became increasingly prevalent in the United States, the expansion of public health insurance to a growing share of the population has been viewed as the best approach to helping people, particularly those on the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum, […]

Designer babies: boon or bane?

Hanashu Durganaudu Selangor, Malaysia   Tiny feet of newborn baby Would the implementation of ‘designer babies’  be a boon to humans? First and foremost, it helps  to detect known genetic abnormalities and chromosomal diseases at an early stage. This would be particularly helpful for couples or individuals who possess a high risk of passing down […]