Following the publication of the first part of this article dealing with bioethics and infanticide, I received from a former colleague, Dr. Richard L. Elliot, Director of Medical Ethics at Mercer University, contending there is little difference among medical and biomedical ethicists; that my characterization of bioethicists as utilitarian moralists (useful agents of the State) […]
duty to die
Longevity and compression of morbidity from a neuroscience perspective: Do we have a duty to die by a certain age?
Abstract — The search for longevity, if not for immortality itself, has been as old as recorded history. The great strides made in the standard of living and the advances in scientific medicine, have resulted in unprecedented increases in longevity, concomitant with improved quality of life. Thanks to medical progress senior citizens, particularly octogenarians, have
Abstract — In 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama decreed the creation of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, as part of his $100 million Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative. In the wake of the work of this Commission, the purpose, goals, possible shortcomings, and even dangers are discussed, and
March 20, 2002Dear Mr. Smith, You have done a great service to the public as well as to the medical profession with your groundbreaking books, Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope From Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder (1997) and Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America (2000).(1,2) You have brought to the forefront
An article in the New Oxford Review illustrates how ” ‘a right to die’ easily becomes ‘a duty to die’ once society labels some lives as not worth living.” Two case histories were briefly outlined. In one instance, Harold Cybulski, visited by his family while in his hospital bed in Ontario, Canada, wakes up from