News & Publications

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



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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September 09, 2013

People have a right to know what is in their food, writes Arthur Caplan, PhD, regardless of potential safety issue with food products that are genetically modified. Safety has little to do with labeling. Plenty of foods are labeled "kosher," "natural," "halal," "made in Vermont," or all manner of other terms not connected to safety.


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September 06, 2013

Each year hundreds of medical students think they have contracted the exact diseases they are studying. But they haven’t. “Medical students’ disease” refers to the phenomenon in which medical students notice something innocuous about their health and then attach to it exaggerated significance. It often corresponds to a disease they have recently learned about in lectures or encountered on the wards. But occasionally, students turn out to be seriously ill. Article by Barron Lerner, MD, PhD.


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