News & Publications

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



November 02, 2013

Buying and selling kidneys for transplant may help save lives, but at what cost? A new HBO documentary, "Tales from the Organ Trade," explores the global black market, and CBSNews.com spoke with leading bioethicist Arthur Caplan, PhD, about the troubling issues at stake.


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October 29, 2013

Arthur Caplan, PhD, discusses an interesting ethical challenge that is emerging from a technological innovation in the area of genetic screening. He believes we will have many ethical discussions about this rapidly evolving technique of fetal cell screening using blood tests.


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October 24, 2013

By Arthur Caplan, PhD. If the price was right, would you sell your kidney to someone who desperately needs a transplant? A new article by Canadian researchers argues that payment could increase the scarce supply of kidneys available for those in need.


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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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