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          Much of our built environment simultaneously enables and holds us in check.  Playgrounds constructed today must meet certain standards that will, on the whole, minimize opportunities for injury even as...

February 21, 2018

Although Hippocrates famously proclaimed “wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is a love of humanity,” the rationale for incorporating the humanities has always been contested in medicine (Nazario 2009). Many view medical h...

February 7, 2018

Technology is a paradoxical thing. Human beings are tool-making animals, and have always looked to their abilities to craft things from the natural world to solve problems of living. Most of our knowledge of our early ancestors are...

January 17, 2018

When I was growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the individual who epitomized the doctor’s doctor—the kind, compassionate, knowledgeable, and eminently trustworthy medical practitioner—was TV’s Marcus Welby.  Well, you can’t talk to me...

January 3, 2018

Prior to performing procedures, administering medications, or enrolling patients into clinical trials, physicians and other health care providers are required (both legally and ethically) to obtain “informed consent” from their pat...

December 20, 2017

​For the third time this week, you’ve been assigned to the ICU where Harold is on day 386 of mechanical ventilation. A young man, the father of four children, with a career as a financial planner ahead of him, Harold suffered a cat...

December 6, 2017

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease that causes patients to progressively lose control of voluntary muscles responsible for movements like chewing, walking, talking, and breathing. No cure exists and...

November 15, 2017

Walk into almost any public space and take a survey of the wrists. Chances are you will meet at least one Fitbit, Jawbone, Apple Watch, or any number of other brands of wearable technology. Such devices have been adopted as a part...

November 1, 2017

Among the most complex ethical decisions that clinical teams face are treatment decisions for “unrepresented patients.” These patients have lost the capacity to make their own decisions and no longer have anyone who is authorized b...

November 1, 2017

In our rapidly changing healthcare environment, there are significant ethical questions that address innovations in technology, the nature of the patient-healthcare provider relationship, the context of healthcare systems and reimb...

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