Tag: bioethics

  • Forgetting How to Die

    Suffering from pneumonia in a hospital bed at Cedars Sinai Medical Center Groucho Marx found one more way to make his audience smile. On the verge of death, the great comedian went out with one more zinger: “This is no way to live!” Marx probably did not have bioethics in mind when he cracked his…

  • The Ethical Storyteller: How Carl Elliott Illuminates Injustice Through Narrative

    The Ethical Storyteller: How Carl Elliott Illuminates Injustice Through Narrative

    Carl Elliot knows how to tell a great story. He is a prolific author, a doctor, and a professor of many things. He is a bioethicist, a historian, and a philosopher, and like those fields of study, human lives are at the center of his written work. Elliot creates for his readers a palpable experience…

  • Unreasonable Dissent

    When policemen broke down the door of an Arizona couple’s home last month intent on taking their unvaccinated and sick child to the hospital, it wasn’t a case of the state overstepping its bounds. Nor was it at the command of a paternalistic physician usurping a parent’s right to make healthcare decisions for their child.…

  • Podcast: The Science of Traumatic Childhood Stress

    Podcast: The Science of Traumatic Childhood Stress

    We all experience stress, it’s an unavoidable part of life. And when we experience stress our bodies respond by releasing a rush of chemicals – like adrenaline – to help us fight or flee the situation. Usually, once the danger has passed, our bodies return to normal and no long-term damage is done. But what…

  • Little Furry Addicts Help Us See How Our Brains Feed Addiction

    Little Furry Addicts Help Us See How Our Brains Feed Addiction

    In a lab at the University of Michigan dozens of rats scurried around their cages waiting for their next cocaine fix. But these weren’t your average drug addicts. Their brains were outfitted with fiber-optic implants and their brain cells genetically modified to respond to certain light. When given the option between a dose of intravenous…

  • 200 Years of Frankenstein

    200 Years of Frankenstein

    Two-hundred years ago, in a rented mansion on the shore of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, five notable friends sheltered from a storm so relentless that 1816 would be dubbed the year without a summer. During their time together, a friendly competition would generate a prescient piece of literature that raises moral and ethical questions still relevant…