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May 8, 2010

Hi there,

This week we had to sift through a number of interesting stories and articles in professional journals. It's impossible to fit everything in and some of the most intriguing stories get left out.

I was particularly struck by two stories from Australia. In the first, an Australian traumea surgeon, Craig Jurisevic, has just published his memoirs of his time in the 1999 Kosovo War. He went on patrols, provided intelligence, killed Serb soldiers, and operated in battlefield hospitals run by the Kosovo Liberation Army. Were his battlefield exploits compatible with his Hippocratic Oath? How should the Australian Medical Association respond?

And in the second, an intensive care doctor had to quash suspicions that she kept a convicted child-killer alive so that she could make a deathbed confession to police about other murders. Emma Hothersall told an inquest in Queensland that police had never put pressure on her to keep Valmae Beck alive after she suffered a heart attack. But what if they had? What would be the ethics of extending a lifer's life?

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Michael Cook


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