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Ethics of genomic passports: should the genetically resistant be exempted from lockdowns and quarantines?
Ethics of genomic passports: should the genetically resistant be exempted from lockdowns and quarantines?
COVID-19 and immunity passportsThe COVID-19 pandemic has seen the impositions of restrictive public health measures around...
Ethics of split liver transplantation: should a large liver always be split if medically safe?
Ethics of split liver transplantation: should a large liver always be split if medically safe?
Split liver transplantation (SLT) provides an opportunity to divide a donor liver, offering transplants to two small patie...
Principlist approach to multiple heart valve replacements for patients with intravenous drug use-induced endocarditis
Principlist approach to multiple heart valve replacements for patients with intravenous drug use-induced endocarditis
Repeated transplants of the same heart valve for persons who suffer from intravenous drug use (IVDU)-induced endocarditis ...
Intimacy for older adults in long-term care: a need, a right, a privilege--or a kind of care?
Intimacy for older adults in long-term care: a need, a right, a privilege--or a kind of care?
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Whistleblowing in the NHS: the need for a new generation to learn the lessons
Whistleblowing in the NHS: the need for a new generation to learn the lessons
Whistleblowing in the NHS engages the fundamental right to free speech and as the paper makes clear is a means of ensuring...
A vaccine tax: ensuring a more equitable global vaccine distribution
A vaccine tax: ensuring a more equitable global vaccine distribution
IntroductionThe total death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has surpassed 4 million people. Therefore, vaccines provide a ...
Three for me and none for you? An ethical argument for delaying COVID-19 boosters
Three for me and none for you? An ethical argument for delaying COVID-19 boosters
On 4 August 2021, the WHO called for a temporary moratorium on COVID-19 boosters to enable 10% of people in every country ...
COVID-19 vaccines: a look at the ethics of the clinical research involving children
COVID-19 vaccines: a look at the ethics of the clinical research involving children
IntroductionThe SARS-CoV-2 pandemic poses a major challenge for humanity, affecting many aspects of our lives. Despite the...
Root causes of organisational failure: look up, not down
Root causes of organisational failure: look up, not down
‘Organisational failure’ is central to medical ethics. In the National Health Service (NHS), we usually examine failures a...
Organisational failure: rethinking whistleblowing for tomorrows doctors
Organisational failure: rethinking whistleblowing for tomorrows doctors
IntroductionThe duty to protect patient welfare forms a key part of undergraduate medical education, underpinning both med...
To what extent can tomorrows doctors prevent organisational failure by speaking up?
To what extent can tomorrows doctors prevent organisational failure by speaking up?
Daniel Taylor and Dawn Goodwin present a case study of the Morecambe Bay Inquiry (MBI), which examined the high rate of ma...
Manufacturing safer medics
Manufacturing safer medics
How do we teach medical students to protect patients? My initial reaction to the question posed by Taylor and Goodwin was ...
A note on psychological continuity theories of identity and neurointerventions
A note on psychological continuity theories of identity and neurointerventions
AbstractAn important concern sometimes voiced in the neuroethical literature is that swift and radical changes to the part...
Research abuses against people of colour and other vulnerable groups in early psychedelic research
Research abuses against people of colour and other vulnerable groups in early psychedelic research
AbstractThere is a growing resurgence in the study of psychedelic medicines for the treatment of mental health and substan...
Defining the undefinable: the black box problem in healthcare artificial intelligence
Defining the undefinable: the black box problem in healthcare artificial intelligence
AbstractThe ‘black box problem’ is a long-standing talking point in debates about artificial intelligence (AI). This is a ...
'First Do No Harm: physician discretion, racial disparities and opioid treatment agreements
'First Do No Harm: physician discretion, racial disparities and opioid treatment agreements
AbstractThe increasing use of opioid treatment agreements (OTAs) has prompted debate within the medical community about et...
Lord Sumption and the values of life, liberty and security: before and since the COVID-19 outbreak
Lord Sumption and the values of life, liberty and security: before and since the COVID-19 outbreak
IntroductionPublic health is a value-laden field. As a vocation and practice, it rests on moral mandates.1 2 As a matter o...
Privacy, autonomy and direct-to-consumer genetic testing: a response to Vayena
Privacy, autonomy and direct-to-consumer genetic testing: a response to Vayena
In Vayena’s article, ‘direct-to-consumer (DTC) genomics on the scales of autonomy’, she claims that there may be a strong ...
Should coronavirus policies remain in place to prevent future paediatric influenza deaths?
Should coronavirus policies remain in place to prevent future paediatric influenza deaths?
Influenza transmission during the COVID-19 pandemicPrior to the 2020–2021 influenza season, paediatric influenza deaths di...
Correction: Medically assisted gender affirmation: when children and parents disagree
Correction: Medically assisted gender affirmation: when children and parents disagree
Dubin S, Lane M, Morrison S, et al. Medically assisted gender affirmation: when children and parents disagree. J Med Ethic...
Costa, cancer and coronavirus: contractualism as a guide to the ethics of lockdown
Costa, cancer and coronavirus: contractualism as a guide to the ethics of lockdown
In September 2020, as part of attempts to control the COVID-19 pandemic, students at Manchester Metropolitan University we...
Two dilemmas for medical ethics in the treatment of gender dysphoria in youth
Two dilemmas for medical ethics in the treatment of gender dysphoria in youth
AbstractBoth the diagnosis and medical treatment of gender dysphoria (GD)—particularly in children and adolescents—have be...
Defending two dilemmas
Defending two dilemmas
Ashley’s response to our recent paper argues that a fuller appreciation of the available clinical data, of the rights of c...
Embryo research: destiny is what counts
Embryo research: destiny is what counts
The paper by Savulescu et al is timely and the concepts illuminated deserve further reflection.1 Reproductive tissue which...
Flawed reasoning on two dilemmas: a commentary on Baron and Dierckxsens (2021)
Flawed reasoning on two dilemmas: a commentary on Baron and Dierckxsens (2021)
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Ethics of digital twins: four challenges
Ethics of digital twins: four challenges
In the article ‘Represent Me: Please! Towards an Ethics of Digital Twins in Medicine’, I analysed and tried to better unde...
Machine learning in medicine: should the pursuit of enhanced interpretability be abandoned?
Machine learning in medicine: should the pursuit of enhanced interpretability be abandoned?
IntroductionThe serendipitous intersection of mature theoretical foundations, powerful computational infrastructure and ‘b...
Do coronavirus vaccine challenge trials have a distinctive generalisability problem?
Do coronavirus vaccine challenge trials have a distinctive generalisability problem?
The British government has launched the dose escalation for a SARS-CoV-2 human challenge trial (HCT)1, and a second Britis...
Future persons, future attributes and potential persons: commentary on Savulescu and colleagues
Future persons, future attributes and potential persons: commentary on Savulescu and colleagues
Savulescu and colleagues propose a distinction between ‘future person embryo research’ (henceforth FPE research) and ‘non-...