89 e-Letters

published between 2011 and 2014

  • Circumcision: A bioethical challenge
    J. Steven Svoboda

    "Professor Morris is a man on a mission to rid the world of the male foreskin."

    -- Dr. Basil Donovan, Clinical Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Sydney, reviewing "In Favour of Circumcision" by Brian Morris.[1]

    "I have some good friends who are obstetricians outside the military, and they look at a foreskin and almost see a $125 price tag on it. Each one is...

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  • Re: Are we unfit for the future?
    Pei-hua Huang

    Beauchamp recently argues that Persson and Savulescu's project of moral enhancement will exacerbate existing distributive unfairness. That is, the programme aiming to increase persons' sympathy and other relevant emotional components of moral sense that are believed to help create a better future will actually lead to a worse situation. Beauchamp admonishes that the moral enhancement programme may like other enhancemen...

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  • Is Prostitution harmful? - a comment
    William Kerss

    I would agree with many of the points that Moen raises in his intersting journal especially that many of the problems prostitutes face are secondary to external factors.

    Despite this I feel that the analogies he uses almost ridicule many of the sensitive points he argues. I do not feel you can compare hairdressing to prostitution because of the act involved. Our morals around sex form such an integral part of...

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  • Response to Koch
    Udo Sch?klenk

    Mr Koch is mistaken about the question of whether the Report by the Royal Society of Canada expert panel that I chaired was peer reviewed. It was extensively externally peer reviewed.

    As to the journal's purported refusal to publish criticisms of the Report. We received only one request to publish an article critical of the Report. The author of said paper requested not only that we accept his manuscript without...

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  • Re: Journals and "academic Freedom
    Tom Koch

    in his recent article Bioethics Journal editor Udo Sch?klenk speaks grandly about academic freedom and bioethical journals "under seige". And yet, academic freedom and honesty must go together. His journal's website carries under a "new" banner a link to the 2012 Royal Society Expert Panel report on End of Life Decision Making. Mr. Sch?klenk was a principal author of this report. The report was not peer reviewed. Request...

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  • The history of Jewish circumcision - a response to Lang
    Guy Cox

    A recent Commentary piece by Lang1 contains a substantial historical error. He writes "Milah is merely a token clip of the very tip (the overhang flap or akroposthion) of the prepuce, which leaves most of the organ system (including all its essential functions) intact." No reference is cited, but the source appears to be Wallerstein2. Medical considerations make this unlikely,...

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  • Honourary authorship in Biomedical Journals.....
    Jagjit Singh

    Sir, Waleed Al-Herz and colleagues have posed a common yet not so easy-to answer situation. No doubt, honourary authorship is to be discouraged in medical reporting, yet it's easier said than done.The authors have tried to delve in deep into the problem, however, the overbearing impact of the "publish or perish" conundrum has to be taken at the face of it. We have to evolve methods of evaluating the scientific contribut...

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  • Post trial obligations, helthcare after research and the Declaration of Helsinki 2013 draft
    Ignacio D. Mastroleo

    I believe that the practical framework produced by Sofaer, Lewis and Davies, is the best document available for research ethics committees on post- trial obligations and responsible transition of research participants from the last visit of a study to the appropriate healthcare. This document should be taken into account for future discussion of the Declaration of Helsinki 2013 draft paragraph on post-trial obligations (...

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  • Quantitative analyses, ethical quandaries, and policy debates: A rejoinder
    Alok Bhargava

    Javier Hidalgo's response[1] to my commentary[2] was unsatisfactory and is likely to mislead the readership of JME. First, biomedical journals often discourage authors from citing unpublished studies. After reading Hidalgo's response, one can see the wisdom of that rule. He quotes several incorrect assertions made by Michael Clemens in 2007 in an unpublished paper[3] about my article with Frederic Docquier.[4]


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  • Lay REC members: patient and public
    Joan Kirkbride

    The Health Research Authority (HRA) is fully supportive of, and strongly encourages, the involvement of patients and the public as active partners in all aspects of the research process. Such involvement produces high quality ethical research consistent with the HRA's mission to 'protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research'. The HRA will shortly launch a three-month consultation on its...

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