94 e-Letters

published between 2013 and 2016

  • A Response to "Conflict of interest in online point-of-care clinical support websites"
    Theodore W. Post

    In the brief report, "Conflict of interest in online point-of-care clinical support websites" (J Med Ethics doi:10.1136/medethics-2013- 101625), Kyle A. Amber et al. offered their perspectives on the role of conflicts of interest in clinical decision support resources. It is an important dialog, one UpToDate, a Wolters Kluwer Health company, supports and welcomes. Indeed, as an organization we continuously and proactively...

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  • Dead people ARE totally and irreversibly disabled people
    Thor Harald Johansen

    I would argue that a totally and irreversibly disabled person HAS ceased to exist. Personhood, medically, exists in the brain. If the brain has been made permanently incapable of sustaining coherent thought or experience, it no longer belongs to a person. This view seems to be widely held by relatives of those with Alzheimer's disease, who speak very vividly of the gradual loss the person they once knew and loved. Many p...

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  • Response to: Homebirth and the Future Child de Crespigny L, Savulescu J. J Med Ethics. 2014 Jan 22.
    Judy S. Cohain

    "Through most of human history, around 1% of mothers have died while giving birth" concludes Homebirth and the Future Child. The citation for this statement makes no reference to maternal mortality through most of human history. Still the statement itself raises the interesting question: How many women died while giving birth through most of human history? The Talmudic scholars state less than 1 per 1000. They may...

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  • 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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