News & Publications

A selection of news items authored by or featuring Division of Medical Ethics faculty members.



October 21, 2013

By Arthur Caplan, PhD. A friend recently brought to my attention a disturbing question from a psychiatrist working with a transplant team: Should she be checking the sobriety claims of liver transplant candidates by looking on their Twitter and other social media sites? That question merits discussion because it’s clear both doctors and patients are entering a new world of uncertain medical privacy due to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other outlets.


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October 08, 2013

At the Michael Jackson trial, information came out that many of the doctors he had hired were not just taking care of him; they were hanging out with him. They became his friends. Is that ethically correct? Arthur Caplan, PhD, comments.


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October 08, 2013

New Book rom Arthur Caplan, PhD: Applied Ethics in Mental Health Care


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September 25, 2013

Art Caplan, PhD, discusses if somebody who smokes marijuana be eligible to get an organ transplant and the issues involved in deciding.


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September 09, 2013

The Public Health Agency of Canada recently issued a notice regarding a surge in cases of measles in many parts of the country. At the time of the notice, 30 cases had already been reported, five times as many as in the previous year. Why is a disease that was so well controlled for many years slowly making this insidious comeback? The answer may lie with Health Canada and its consistent decisions to allow and even add “nosodes” — homeopathic vaccines — to its list of products approved for sale. Arthur Caplan, PhD, comments.


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