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Question posted on December 9, 2011; 1 response
This is a time when overpopulation is a growing problem. It seems that there is no slowing down of procreation even though people are aware of the problem. At the rate it is going I see that it will result...
Ethics, Medicine Show

Question posted on October 11, 2011; 1 response
Is it ethical for psychologists and psychometricians to lie to their clients about their IQ if it protects them from harm to their self-esteem? I ask because I highly suspect that such a practice is both very common and something...
Ethics, Medicine Show

Question posted on September 29, 2011; 1 response
Is there any validity in the following argument? By medical science we keep people with severe chronical diseases alive and these people are free to reproduce. Already there has been an increase in people with chronical diseases, maybe because...
Children, Medicine Show

Question posted on September 22, 2011; 1 response
If you have a loved one in the hospital with a terminal illness and this person no longer has a capacity to communicate, sustain thought, or make critical decisions, can it be considered ethical to pull the plug on them...
Ethics, Medicine Show

Question posted on September 15, 2011; 1 response
How justified is a doctor's decision to practise cosmetics when he had sworn upon the Hippocratic Oath?...
Medicine Show

Question posted on August 10, 2011; 1 response
Could ADHD drugs like Adderall be accurately described as strengthening a person's will?...
Freedom, Medicine Show

Question posted on August 4, 2011; 2 responses
Over the past few years, my wife has become a staunch antivaccinationist. (We have a son on the autism spectrum; she has bought into the discredited vaccine causation theory of autism.) She is unreachable on this topic; no facts or...
Children, Ethics, Medicine Show

Question posted on July 20, 2011; 1 response
Would the possibility of women competing on equal footing with men be thinkable without contraceptives, birth control, and access to abortion?...
Gender, Justice, Medicine Show

Question posted on July 3, 2011; 1 response
Hello, and thanks for this amazing site. I am a 17 year old guy in a relationship. My girlfriend (although the word comes with a certain stigma of immaturity, which I don't like) and I have been together for well...
Children, Ethics, Medicine Show

Question posted on June 25, 2011; 1 response
There was a debate recently about organ donation, and one group of people adamantly opposed the notion of making organ donation mandatory or even opt-out, because, and I quote, "They're my organs and nobody else gets to decide what to...
Ethics, Medicine Show

Question posted on June 9, 2011; 1 response
Is it ethical for a pharmaceutical company to keep the results of a negative clinical trial secret? Patients participate in clinical trials of an investigational drug for many reasons. One of these reasons may be the desire to benefit society....
Business, Ethics, Medicine Show

Question posted on March 30, 2011; 1 response
I am now taking a medication once a month to manage a symptom of a slow-growing cancer that I have. I just started Medicare last year and see by my statements that the cancer center charges my Medicare an enormous...
Ethics, Medicine Show

Question posted on October 4, 2010; 1 response
Is it paradoxical for the US government to render embryonic stem cell research illegal, in a country where abortion is legal?? ...
Abortion, Ethics, Medicine Show

Question posted on July 29, 2010; 1 response
Definitions of health tend to focus on the absence of non-health, as in "health is the absence of disease," or in terms of what health affords us, as in "health allows one to lead a vital life." These approaches seem...
Medicine Show

Question posted on June 28, 2010; 1 response
I'd like some help for a panel discussion next week on "What makes a good doctor". My weekly reading of the BMJ online (which I access through a university library) yields a spate of articles, and over 70 criteria and...
Medicine Show

Question posted on November 17, 2009; 2 responses
As someone who is clinically depressed, I have often wondered: philosophically speaking, is trying to treat depression wrong? People are depressed for a reason, possibly because life's pretty damned depressing once you get down to it. It seems to me...
Ethics, Medicine, Mind Show

Question posted on August 17, 2009; 1 response
Should people who engage in health damaging choices like smoking, drinking, drug abuse, overeating be denied organ transplants if their organs where to fail as a result of their actions?...
Ethics, Medicine Show

Question posted on July 7, 2009; 1 response
A friend of mine has an adult daughter who is mentally disabled. Roughly speaking, her daughter thinks and talks like a seven-year old child, and cannot take care of herself. The disabled daughter is sexually interested in men, but as...
Ethics, Medicine Show

Question posted on March 28, 2009; 1 response
Should circumcising your child be illegal? I certainly think that female circumcision like that practiced in Islam should be, but what about a male child? The operation doesn’t seem too invasive but shouldn’t a young boy be given the...
Ethics, Medicine, Religion Show

Question posted on December 1, 2008; 1 response
In a hypothetical situation that could possibly have real-life implications, how should one decide between helping a small group of extremely sick individuals with only a small possibility of benefits (e.g., caring for AIDS patients without knowledge of whether or...
Ethics, Medicine Show




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