Questions about the growth attenuation working group article in HCR Part 2

 

The WG article explains that the group was assembled to “discuss the ethics of growth attenuation in greater depth and develop practical guidance for health professionals. “  So, it was the purpose of assembling the group to develop practical guidance for health professionals, from the beginning.

I have some questions about this.

1)    Where is the urgent need to develop any guidance for growth attenuation, which is not a therapeutic treatment? Continue reading

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities: Call for Proposals

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
Call for Proposals
ASBH 13th Annual Meeting
October 13-16, 2011
Minneapolis, MN
The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities‘ 13th Annual Meeting is scheduled for
October 13-16, 2011, in Minneapolis, MN at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Sleeping rooms at
the Hyatt can be secured at the ASBH group rate of $199 beginning in August. Reservations will
be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Questions about the growth attenuation working group article in HCR   Part 1

At the beginning of the article, the authors are not very honest in what they write about the 2006 Gunther & Diekema paper.

1.    The WG article writes that Gunther & Diekema “offered an ethical justification for growth attenuation.” No they didn’t. How could they do that without giving any details of the “special” ethics committee that had reviewed the case or its discussion?

2.    According to the WG article, Gunther & Diekema cited easier care for parents as the benefit of the growth attenuation. And “the parents believed” that it would lead to increased participation to social and recreational activities for Ashley, the WG article says Gunther & Diekema wrote back in 2006. No, they didn’t. Continue reading

50 Excellent Ethics Blogs Every Science Stdent Should Read

The What Sorts Blog has been added to the list of 50 excellent ethics blog as number 38.  I do not think these are in any chronological order, but my opinion might differ if the What Sorts blogwas number  4.  Check out this site at: http://www.mastersdegree.net/blog/2010/50-excellent-ethics-blogs-every-science-student-should-read/ Continue reading

Federal Government Plans to Waste More Money Trying to Evade its Responsibilities

As some of you will recall, Moyra Lang posted on a federal court decision that required the government to make its websites accessible to blind internet users.

The government has now announced plans to appeal that decision.

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The Declaration of Montreal is an important recognition of an eternal truth: access to pain relief is a human right.

The following text is adapted from a video address by McGill medical ethicist Dr. Margaret Somerville to the International Association for the Study of Pain congress in Montreal. The final event of the congress was the International Pain Summit at which the Declaration of Montreal was to be presented and discussed. The declaration provides that access to pain management is a fundamental human right.

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