94 e-Letters

published between 2013 and 2016

  • Re:Conset to organ donation is a matter of life and not of death.
    Stephen A. Lang

    I do not agree with this article at all.Some People may have a Religious objection to Organ Donation and,as a Cryonisist,I strongly object to being Autopsied as that would delay My Cryonic Suspension and most likely diminish My chances of ever being reaninmated.It is highly immoral to make Autopsies and Organ Donation Mandatory.People DO have Rights after they Die!!They have the Right to have there final wished respecte...

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  • MEDICAL STUDENTS AND DUTY TO TREAT, RE: Willingness to treat infectious diseases: what do students think?
    Faheem A. Khan

    Thanks Dr Milikovsky and team for doing a very fine piece of research. This raises the issue of duty to treat. I like to give an example from non-communicable diseases (mental disorders) and narrate my own experience from medical student to now as consultant. As medical students we were all energetic and compassionate to help sufferers. The best time we use to enjoy was in wards holding hands of our patients. The only t...

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  • Broadening the future of value account
    Ezio Di Nucci

    On Marquis's future of value account, "what makes it wrong to kill those individuals we all believe it is wrong to kill, is that killing them deprives them of their future of value" (1,2). Recently Carson Strong (3,4), Don Marquis (1), and I (5,6) have been arguing about a set of supposed counterexamples to the future of value account proposed by Strong, involving either a terminally ill patient or an individual severely...

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  • Waldo and the potential to be Waldo
    Noam Y Stadlan

    This is an excellent paper and Dr. Lizza very cogently demonstrates that the presence of intracranial neurological function, however it is going to be defined, is the only criterion for life. The practical application of any other definition produces results that are incoherent with respect to universally accepted concepts of human life and death.

    It is therefore puzzling that Dr. Lizza has elsewhere defended u...

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  • Is Home Birth Really As Safe As Hospital Birth? "Woman-centred Care" vs "Baby-centred Care"
    Julian Savulescu

    [This is an elaborated version of a blog on May 13, 2014: http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2014/05/is-home-birth-really-as-safe- as-hospital-birth-woman-centred-care-vs-baby-centred-care/#more-8493] Imagine that you and your partner are having a baby in hospital. Tragically something goes wrong unexpectedly during birth and the baby is born blue. He urgently needs resuscitation if there is to be a chance of preventing...

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  • Homebirth and the future child: factual inaccuracies in commentary on the Birthplace study
    Jennifer Hollowell

    In their article 'Homebirth and the future child', Dr De Crespigny and Professor Savulescu acknowledge that they "lack sufficient evidence" to establish definitively that homebirth is less safe, yet they conclude that "couples should be clearly informed of the excess risks of future child disability" associated with home birth.[1]

    We believe that women should be given information about the potential risks and be...

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  • Unethical not to recommend circumcision
    Brian J. Morris
    Evidence-based policies[1-6] concur that medical male circumcision (MC), best performed early in life[7] under local anaesthesia by a trained provider, is a simple, safe procedure conferring lifetime protection against numerous adverse medical conditions that together affect half of all males[2,7]. Data from numerous clinical trials and hundreds of research studies show benefits greatly exceeding risks[2,7], particularly in resour...
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  • Non-therapeutic circumcision: The problem of advocacy-based medicine
    J. Steven Svoboda

    Non-therapeutic circumcision is a contentious issue on which most readers will drift toward the position that reflects their backgrounds or affirms their cultural affinities. Unfortunately, the efforts of various self-appointed "experts" have done little to clarify the issues, and some are notorious for cherry-picking a vast and inconclusive medical literature in order to advance their prior agenda.

    We invite readers...

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  • Re:A Response to "Conflict of interest in online point-of-care clinical support websites"
    Kyle T Amber

    We thank Dr. Post for his response to our brief report, "Conflict of interest in online point-of-care clinical support websites" (J Med Ethics doi:10.1136/medethics-2013- 101625). We additionally commend UpToDate for many of its policies that protect the integrity of the educational material presented. In light of Dr. Post's comments, we recommend further clarification in the UpToDate conflict of interest policy, particu...

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  • Reply to "Circumcision: A bioethical challenge" by Svoboda & Van Howe
    Brian J. Morris

    I thank Mr Svoboda and honorary adjunct clinical professor Van Howe (S&VH) for their Letter [1] responding to our critique [2] of their article [3] criticizing the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) infant male circumcision (IMC) policy statement [4]. Their Letter provides little in the way of material disagreement with our critique [2], in which we pointed out the extensive factual errors in their article [3]....

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