eLetters

154 e-Letters

published between 2003 and 2006

  • Response to Ethical Review of Non-commercial Clinical Trials
    Nat MJ Wright

    Dear Editor,

    In response to the electronic letter by Peter Heasman “Ethical Review of Non-commercial Clinical Trials”, the LEEDS project team must emphasise that we do not wish to either overtly or covertly criticise activity of MREC individuals. We realise that many active researchers sit alongside non-researchers on MREC committees and surely our common goal is to foster a culture of research development and in...

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  • Circumcision of males lessens female pleasure
    Patricia Robinett

    Dear Editor,

    I am amused by Allen B Shaw's defense of male circumcision while stating, "... removal of the clitoris reduces female sexual pleasure, its unjustifiable purpose."

    A small word to the good doctor. As a circumcised WASP female, born and raised in Kansas, I can assure you that clitoridectomy indeed reduces female sexual pleasure and is unjustifiable, but circumcision of the male also detrime...

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  • France is not different
    Fernando Verdú

    Dear Editor,

    Guedj et al. can lead to error a part of the readers of their interesting research on confidentiality(1)

    In France is truth that "Professional confidentiality (le secret professionnel), instituted in patients’ interest, is obligatory for every physician within the conditions established by law. Confidentiality applies to everything the physician learns in the exercise of his profession, t...

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  • Author's response to Simon Lammy
    Christopher Cowley

    Dear Mr. Lammy,

    Thank you for your detailed comments on my article. They were certainly a lot more constructive than some of the bizarre abuse I received on doctors.net.uk. I would like to respond to some of your points:

    1. I certainly do not suggest that the average medical student is a "stereotypical ancient social neanderthal." Of course medics have a wide variety of hobbies. But (i) there is surel...

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  • Reasons not to test children at risk of adult onset disease
    Anneke Lucassen

    Dear Editor,

    We congratulate Malpas on an eloquent paper but disagree with her conclusions: If it is appropriate to tell a child that they are at risk of some illness in adult life, Malpas argues, then it must be appropriate to tell them if they are actually going on to develop it. Such an action may of course be entirely appropriate for conditions which affect children, or where there is some medical intervention i...

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  • Re: The rhythm method and embryonic death
    Laura L. Lowder

    Dear Editor,

    This is an interesting hypothesis, but the author has lost me in the second paragraph by saying that "rhythm" is the only method approved by the Catholic Church. Whether Bovins has confused rhythm with NFP or presumed the two methods are one and the same, it is an inexcusable error in a scientific report.

    Rhythm is using a calendar, assuming the "standard" 28-day cycle, to guesstimate when ovula...

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  • Ethical review of non-commercial clinical trials
    Peter A Heasman

    Dear Editor,

    Sheard et al. are right to raise awareness regarding the practicality of the ‘approvals process’ for non-commercial clinical trials and the duplicative application process that often involves research governance, ethics, the research sponsor and, for trials involving medicinal products, the MHRA. This can indeed be a time-consuming and often frustrating process. I would, however, like to respond to a num...

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  • Don't Measure A Students Success Based On Your Own Limitations
    Simon Lammy

    Dear Editor,

    The recommendations suggested by C Cowley (Polemic: five proposals for a medical school admission policy J Med Ethics 2006; 32: 491-494) although appearing thoughly insightful purely represent another attempt by another medical educationalist who spends more time thinking about training this great nations future doctors than training them.

    Concerning his first recommendation the fanciful notion...

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  • Comment on Ajayi's article on taboos and clinical research in West Africa
    Francis D. Masiye

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to thank Dr. Ajayi for his/her views about moral principles and taboos in clinical research in West Africa. The research setting he has described is similar to the setting where I work. However, much as I agree with some of his views, I disagree with his assertions that moral principles are relative to local contexts and that ethical principles must relate intimately with the norms of...

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  • Hogwash in the guise of research
    Joan C Clements

    Dear Editor,

    Recently the Journal of Medical Ethics published an article by L Bovens, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method. Under a banner REPRODUCTIVE ETHICS, the article was entitled The rhythm method and embryonic death. The gist of the article was that the pro-life movement, and particularly Catholics, are responsible for the deaths...

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