‘Informed consent has become a fetish’ – American bioethicist
In a recent Hastings Centre Report article, bioethicist Barbara A. Koenig argues stridently against traditional informed consent models for genetic testing. Koenig believes that the ‘full disclosure’ model of informed consent is impracticable
Dutch doctor challenges informed consent regulations
A new article in the Journal of Medical Ethics suggests that medical authorities lessen informed consent requirements for perinatal sterilisation.
What are the issues in post-mortem sperm retrieval?
Is it ethical to remove sperm from a dead body without consent?
Do prisoners have a right to participate in clinical trials?
Prisoners are being unfairly excluded from taking part in potentially beneficial clinical research, argue researchers in the JME.
Can patients enjoy a life of disability?
What a fit and healthy person regards as “acceptable” might not match what a disabled person feels about life.
Inducing death to give life – without patient consent
A new emergency procedure being trialled in a US hospital has bioethicists feeling nervous.
Austrian historians studying another informed consent debacle from the 50s
Another informed consent scandal from the 1950s: researchers deliberately infected hospitalised children with malaria.
Rethinking informed consent
If a trial has no or only minor effects on important patient interests, do we need it?
The dilemma of whether to release genetic information
When should you tell someone that he has Alzheimers?
US scientists were “accomplices after the fact” in Japanese doctors’ war crimes
How US scientists led a campaign to grant immunity from prosecution for Japanese doctors guilty of horrendous crimes.
Have we gone too far with informed consent?
Under the right conditions, full informed consent is not ethically required for some types of health research, according to leading bioethics experts.
More questions about Belgian euthanasia
A puzzling study from Belgium suggests that in nearly 80% of terminal sedations in Flanders, there was no explicit consent.
Calls for Virginia to compensate sterilization victims
Pressure is mounting on legislators in Virginia to compensate victims of its forced sterilization policy in the early years of the last century.
New details surface in UK forced delivery case
A number of important facts have come to light in the case of Alessandra Pacchieri, an Italian woman subject to a forced caesarean when visiting the UK, followed by the seizure of her child by child protection workers.
The tragedy of the lobotomized GIs
Sometimes it’s good to remind yourself that bioethicists are good guys to have around if your doctor is thinking about using you as a guinea pig for a novel medical treatment. For instance, they would have been useful after World War II when doctors in the US Veterans Administration lobotomized at least 1,900 military men (and a few women).
Visiting Italian woman forced to have C-section in UK
Shocking details surfaced this week of an Italian woman who had her baby forcibly delivered whilst visiting the UK
Another unethical study – this time in NY’s Bowery
In the 1950s an oncologist recruited homeless men for a study of prostate cancer.
Autistic boy “debarked” to prevent screaming
Controversy has arisen around a procedure performed on an American autistic boy to stop him screaming. At the request of his parents Kade Hanegraaf had his vocal cords separated so as to greatly reduce his ability to scream.
Is using Prozac a valid defence for murder?
One of the more interesting films released this year has been Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller Side Effects.
Should mentally incompetent people be allowed to donate organs?
Should a mentally incompetent person be allowed to donate organs?
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