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Sabr and Shukr: doing justice to medical futility
Sabr and Shukr: doing justice to medical futility
Medicine is no stranger to patience. In fact, the word ‘patient’ has an etymology stemming from the Latin word ‘patiens’, ...
Constructing appropriate bioprinting regulations: the ethical importance of recognising a liminal technology
Constructing appropriate bioprinting regulations: the ethical importance of recognising a liminal technology
AbstractThis article provides an analysis of bioprinting personalised medical device technology and its ethical challenges...
On Ageing and Maturing
On Ageing and Maturing
Räsänen draws a distinction between chronological age and biological age and argues that biological ageing is (sometimes) ...
Mourning the frozen: considering the relational implications of cryonics
Mourning the frozen: considering the relational implications of cryonics
AbstractCryonics is the preservation of legally dead human bodies at the temperature of liquid nitrogen in the hope that f...
When biological ageing is desirable? A reply to Garcia-Barranquero et al
When biological ageing is desirable? A reply to Garcia-Barranquero et al
García-Barranquero et al explore the desirability of human ageing. They differentiate between chronological and biological...
Beneficence cannot justify voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide
Beneficence cannot justify voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide
AbstractThe patient’s autonomy and well-being are sometimes seen as central to the ethical justification of voluntary euth...
Medically assisted dying in Canada and unjust social conditions: a response to Wiebe and Mullin
Medically assisted dying in Canada and unjust social conditions: a response to Wiebe and Mullin
In the paper, titled ‘Choosing death in unjust conditions: hope, autonomy and harm reduction,’ Wiebe and Mullin argue that...
A physicians identity can never be reconfigured to put climate protection on par with an individual patients best interests
A physicians identity can never be reconfigured to put climate protection on par with an individual patients best interests
In their article, van Gils Schmidt and Salloch defend the claim that physicians have a duty to protect the climate. The lo...
Navigating climate responsibility: a critical examination of healthcare professionals moral duties
Navigating climate responsibility: a critical examination of healthcare professionals moral duties
In their upcoming article, Henk Jasper van Gils-Schmidt and Sabine Salloch highlight the supposed responsibilities of heal...
The micro-level of climate protection in healthcare and physicians professional ethos: a reply to the commentaries
The micro-level of climate protection in healthcare and physicians professional ethos: a reply to the commentaries
We are extremely grateful for the insightful and thought-provoking commentaries on our feature article.1 We have distilled...
Is ageing still undesirable? A reply to Räsänen
Is ageing still undesirable? A reply to Räsänen
We have recently stated the reasons why we claim that biological ageing is undesirable. Räsänen has responded to our artic...
Towards an environmentally sensitive healthcare ethics: ten tasks and one model
Towards an environmentally sensitive healthcare ethics: ten tasks and one model
In the face of environmental crises such as climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss—which all adversely impact on ...
Ethical analysis of the first porcine cardiac xenotransplantation
Ethical analysis of the first porcine cardiac xenotransplantation
AbstractIn this article, we provide an ethical analysis of the first porcine cardiac xenotransplant, performed in Maryland...
Compulsory vaccination protects autonomy
Compulsory vaccination protects autonomy
In a recent article in this journal, Kowalik argues that compulsory vaccination unjustifiably infringes on the autonomy of...
Choosing death in unjust conditions: hope, autonomy and harm reduction
Choosing death in unjust conditions: hope, autonomy and harm reduction
There are many arguments to support the claim that MAiD should not be accessible to persons who have chronic, but non-term...
Comparative ethical evaluation of epigenome editing and genome editing in medicine: first steps and future directions
Comparative ethical evaluation of epigenome editing and genome editing in medicine: first steps and future directions
I. Introduction(1) Structure of this articleAs a first step towards a broader bioethical discourse on epigenome editing (E...
Is ageing undesirable? An ethical analysis
Is ageing undesirable? An ethical analysis
AbstractThe technical possibilities of biomedicine open up the opportunity to intervene in ageing itself with the aim of m...
Ethics of a Physiotherapist: Touch, Corporeality, Intimacy—Based on the Experience of Elderly Patients
Ethics of a Physiotherapist: Touch, Corporeality, Intimacy—Based on the Experience of Elderly Patients
This paper presents a qualitative study investigating the application of physiotherapists’ professional ethics in pr...
Against tiebreaking arguments in priority setting
Against tiebreaking arguments in priority setting
IntroductionWhen allocating healthcare resources, we strive to base our choices on morally relevant factors. There are arg...
Medical AI: is trust really the issue?
Medical AI: is trust really the issue?
I discuss an influential argument put forward by Hatherley in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Drawing on influential philos...
AAPT, pregnancy loss and planning ahead
AAPT, pregnancy loss and planning ahead
The commentaries in response to our feature paper1 are indicative of the varied perspectives that can be taken towards art...
The Pregnancy Rescue Case: a reply to Hendricks
The Pregnancy Rescue Case: a reply to Hendricks
In ‘The Pregnancy Rescue Case: why abortion is immoral’, Hendricks presents The Pregnancy Rescue Case. In this reply I arg...
Defending the impairment argument
Defending the impairment argument
Kyle van Oosterum and Emma Curran have recently argued that the impairment argument against abortion is weak and accomplis...
Discussion of off-target and tentative genomic findings may sometimes be necessary to allow evaluation of their clinical significance
Discussion of off-target and tentative genomic findings may sometimes be necessary to allow evaluation of their clinical significance
IntroductionThe National Health Service (NHS) aspires to be the first national healthcare system to offer genome sequencin...
Artificial placentas, pregnancy loss and loss-sensitive care
Artificial placentas, pregnancy loss and loss-sensitive care
Since successful animal trials of an artificial placenta in Philadelphia in 2017,1 there has been considerable academic in...
Overcoming (false) dichotomies to address ethical issues of artificial placentas
Overcoming (false) dichotomies to address ethical issues of artificial placentas
Romanis and Adkins discuss pregnancy loss in relation to artificial amnion and placenta technology (AAPT) for treatment of...