Medicine

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Autonomy, Euthanasia, and Non-Terminal Patients

What constraints, if any, should we place on the freedom to pursue physician-assisted suicide, especially when it comes to those whose reasoning may be impaired?
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Re-Thinking the Nature of Bodies

The promise of organ printing raises important questions about how we understand our physical makeup.
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Underrepresentation in Clinical Trials and COVID-19

Our dedication to the value of efficiency means that the historically marginalized stay marginalized.
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The Politics of Depression

The growing sense of unease, distress, and exhaustion that many experience is a symptom of a political and social disease.
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Morality Pills Aren’t Enough

Empathy may not be the only obstacle standing in the way of depoliticizing mask use.
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Who Should Get the Vaccine First?

Our basic equality needs to be respected in processes that determine who gets what.
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Life-Life Tradeoffs in the Midst of a Pandemic

On what basis should we decide where our limited medical resources go? What is just? What is fair? Is any decision unobjectionable?
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Re-evaluating Addiction: The Immoral Moralizing of Alcoholics Anonymous

With no evidence of effectiveness and some troubling threads in its doctrines, AA has a powerful reputation it hasn't earned.
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Hydroxychloroquine and the Ethical Pitfalls of Private Science

The retraction of three papers on treating COVID-19 with hydroxychloroquine reflect a crisis in the scientific community: how to handle data from private companies. What reforms are necessary to avoid such data-based scandals in the future?
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Rural Health Disparities and Telemedicine

Those in rural areas face a significantly higher risk of death from common causes than their urban counterparts. Is telemedicine the solution to this disparity?