91 e-Letters

published between 2014 and 2017

  • Which version of Liverpool Care Pathway are you referring to?
    Dr C Probst

    Seems odd that you gloss over the fact that there were two versions of this copyright-owned 'care' pathway, and that you only cite 'evidence' from a review that examined only one of them, whilst neatly skirting around the other.

    Version 11 had no consent process attached. Version 11 did not even inquire whether the patient and their family could speak English until after a decision to put them on the pathway had...

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  • Forced circumcision of children also unethical
    Robert Darby

    This is a very telling paper, for if it is true that forced circumcision of an adult male is a violation of his human rights, it must follow that forced circumcision of a male minor - a boy or an infant - is a violation of his human rights and equally wrong. The age at which it is done does not matter - as you can see from a simple thought experiment.

    It is held by many people in Australia and the United States...

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  • Moral Enhancement
    Dhastagir Sheriff

    Technology they say is manipulation of Nature. It is now the time for manipulation of behavior and even morality. Drugs will make in future a more morally responsible person. Exogenous chemicals will influence human behavior. Science and scientific inquiry seem to touch areas that are sensitive for manipulation.

    Morality is developed behavior through family, culture and customs. It is spontaneous and not drug in...

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  • Re:Circumcision of males lessens female pleasure
    sean N. Brown

    Dear Patricia

    I fear that male circumcision will never be seen as equivalent in harm to female circumcision in the eyes of Americans. In places such as America where circumcison has become the rule as opposed to the exception, cultural conditioning will always dictate morals instead of ethics. As you said in your letter, many circumcised men will never know the pleasures of being intact.However despite this kno...

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  • The Universality of Human Rights
    George Hill

    Mazor proposes to deny core human rights to boys born into Jewish homes on the basis of their birth and sex, which is a violation of core principles of international human rights law.1

    The universality of human rights is a core principle - that everyone has the same human rights without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin,...

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  • Re:Response to nursing persuasion to obtain consent
    Alan R Dester

    Any adult who is competent can refuse ANY treatment regardless of the consequences, even death, and there is absolutely nothing any medical person can do about it. If they try they will be in front of the medical council and also in court for battery. It's about time medical "professionals" ralised they are not important and it is not about them. We pay their wages and we decide what happens to us, noone else.

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  • 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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