eLetters

94 e-Letters

published between 2007 and 2010

  • Perspectives on ethics
    Kenneth M Boyd

    Dear Editor,

    I am grateful to C Parker for his close reading and detailed criticism of a paper of 2005 in which I suggested some possible advantages of moving from controversy to conversation in medical ethics.1,2 His arguments are incisive, but also illustrate what I was attempting to articulate. In conversation of the kind I was commending, one’s aim is not to defend or attack a thesis but to explore the possibilit...

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  • Ethics of editors
    Kenneth A Hoekstra, PhD

    Dear Editor,

    The article by Kassirer outlines some of the inherent struggles within the universal health care system of Canada (1). Additional communications reinforce these struggles (2). Is the Canadian Medical Association hiding behind the screen of autonomy while discussions of private public health care are in the minds of the Canadian people and its health care providers? (3).

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  • Do patients desire telephone passwords to access their information?
    Kenneth A Hoekstra, PhD

    Dear Editor,

    In the article by Sokol and Car titled 'Patient confidentiality and telephone consultations: time for a password'(1), the authors express their concerns re: access to a patients medical information and outline a strategy using passwords during telephone consultations to secure patient privacy and protect against the unauthorized access to private and personal medical records/history. While we sympathize...

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  • Material Transfer Agreements are a "must" when transfering specimens across national boundaries
    Paul Ndebele

    Dear Editor,

    The issue of transferring human research specimens across national boundaries has become a hot issue especially for Developing Countries due to fears of exploitation. Stories of "parachute, tourist and mosquito" researchers are common in Africa and other Developing Countries. These are researchers who come from Developed Countries to Developing Countries just to collect specimens and then leave to go...

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