News & Publications

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



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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September 06, 2013

Organ transplants have become a viable option for a growing number of patients. That has brought increased attention to legal, medical and ethical questions about who should be first in line for organs. Undocumented immigrants and others say they are left off waiting list due to lack of funds and inability to access government health care programs. Arthur Caplan, PhD, is interviewed about organ transplant policies, especially in light of immigrant issues.


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August 18, 2013

No one may ever know Barbara Mancini’s intentions when she allegedly handed her dying 93-year-old father a bottle of morphine at his central Pennsylvania home. Joe Yourshaw died four days later at a hospital. Mancini, a trim, silver-haired hospital nurse from Philadelphia, is the latest person caught in the crosshairs of the nation’s assisted-suicide debate. Arthur Caplan, PhD, is quoted.


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August 13, 2013

A hypothetical case study in a provocative paper in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics explores whether there’s a case for holding people legally accountable for the damage they cause by not vaccinating their children. Art Caplan, PhD, is interviewed.


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August 12, 2013

New Zealand's immigration authorities think they have gotten to the core of solving the obesity epidemic and rising health costs-- deport fat people. A 50 year-old, 286-pound South African citizen no longer has an "acceptable standard of health" to remain in the country where nearly a third of adults are overweight, according to reports. Some think New Zealand is on the right track. Arthur Caplan, PhD, comments.


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