News & Publications

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



February 01, 2013

Arthur Caplan, PhD, summarized the history of medical decision making over the past fifty years and its implications on contemporary practices. He noted the challenges of communication with patients and amongst the medical community, the influence of the media on medical decision-making and the acceptable definitions of what constitutes informed consent. He suggested pathways for improvement including a more active role for the physician in setting expectations early, communicating clearly and effectively with the patient and surrogates as early as possible and being unified in decision-making across systems in the health-care community.


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January 25, 2013

Arthur Caplan, PhD, writes that cloning long-extinct organisms like Neanderthals would be unethical, and that debates about it distract from more realistic and important discussions.


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January 10, 2013

Allen Keller, MD, Director of the NYU/Bellevue Program for the Survivors of Torture and a member of the Division of Medical Ethics, appears on HuffPost Live to discuss the controversy surrounding the depiction of torture in the film Zero Dark Thirty. [VIDEO: Dr. Keller appears at around 19:30]


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January 03, 2013

Art Caplan, PhD, discusses the moral challenges involved in whether to prescribe a placebo in order to maintain a relationship with patients.


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December 04, 2012

When horrific circumstances unfold in the workplace, work usually doesn’t go on as normal the next day. But most workplaces aren’t the NFL. And, thus, the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Carolina Panthers in spite of the recent tragedy of the 25-year old Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. It was decided that the game would go on as scheduled, but were any of these people, really in a position to decide whether to play? By Art Caplan, PhD.


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