March 30, 1990 |
The Rev. Charles J. McFadden, 80, a gentle, practical philosophy professor who taught at Villanova University for 40 years, died Tuesday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He had lived for the last 50 years at St. Thomas of Villanova monastery. Father McFadden, a member of the Augustinian order of priests and brothers, was "a kind of Mr. Chips in the classroom," said the Rev. Francis X. McGuire, retired president of Villanova and a longtime friend of Father McFadden's. He was "a scholar and gentleman," said Father McGuire, who was president of the university from 1944 to 1954.
October 4, 1996 |
The Rev. Francis J. Leonard, 60, pastor of Holy Maternity Roman Catholic Church in Audubon, died yesterday at St. Mary's Nursing Home, Cherry Hill. Born and raised in Camden, he was a graduate of Camden Catholic High School where he excelled in debating. He then attended St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Jordan Seminary in Menominee, Mich., St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, and the University of Louvain in Belgium, where he earned his master's degree. He was ordained in 1963 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden.
August 5, 2011 |
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, a well known bioethicist who has worked at the National Institutes of Health and served as a special adviser for health policy to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget between February 2009 and January 2011, will join the University of Pennsylvania faculty on Sept. 1. Emanuel will have a slew of titles. Among them: Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University professor, vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the new department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine.
April 21, 1989 |
The state ombudsman for the elderly yesterday announced that he would greatly limit his review of decisions to halt life support of nursing home patients. The announcement by Hector Rodriguez, ombudsman for the institutionalized elderly, reversed his earlier stance that had been sharply criticized by doctors, nurses, lawyers and nursing home administrators. He had declared in August that he would review all decisions to stop life support of elderly patients because of the "potential abuse" such cases may present.
April 7, 1992 |
The frontier of medical ethics is a busy place. The heaviest activity these days is near the territory marked "the killing of innocents. " Last year Washington state came very close to passing a referendum to legalize euthanasia. Derek Humphrey's how-to suicide manual topped the best-seller list. Society is growing increasingly tolerant of the idea of cutting off the life of people who have had enough. Generally speaking, the moral pioneers seek to kill the innocent (the terminally ill, for example)
May 19, 2009 |
In a career that spanned more than half a century, Rabbi Gerald I. Wolpe was best known for two things: leading one of the region's most influential synagogues, Har Zion Temple, and his contributions in the fields of medical ethics and caregiving. Rabbi Wolpe, 81, of Center City, died yesterday of pancreatic cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. In 1969, Rabbi Wolpe became the third rabbi to the lead the Conservative synagogue, which was then in Wynnefield. Four years later, he oversaw Har Zion's move to Penn Valley to accommodate young families in the suburbs.
November 4, 2002 |
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is taking another crack at one of medicine's thorniest issues: how to treat people who have no hope of recovery. The hospital's ethics committee has approved unusual new guidelines that include limits on high-tech treatment for patients with severe brain damage. Under the guidelines, intensive care would not routinely be given to patients in a persistent vegetative or minimally conscious state. Only patients who had explicitly requested such care would get it. The guidelines, which will not be implemented for at least a year, also say what the hospital will do for patients, both when there is hope for recovery and, later, when the goal shifts to providing good "hygiene, preservation of dignity, and alleviation of discomfort or suffering.
December 10, 1989 |
In 1976, Karen Ann Quinlan lay in a coma, kept alive by a respirator, when her parents asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to allow doctors to remove the machinery and let their daughter die. It was the first time the issue - with all of its medical, legal and ethical considerations - had come to a court of law. But to stop the medical treatment clashed with current thinking on medical ethics and law. "All of us had the belief we had...
June 9, 1997 |
The doctor thought his 35-year-old patient seemed to be coping as well as possible with terminal lung cancer, except for his insomnia. But as soon as the doctor agreed to write a prescription for sleeping pills, the patient asked for an outlandishly powerful dosage. "I might as well tell you, doctor, I want the pills so I can choose when to die," the man said last week. "I appreciate you confiding in me," responded the shaken doctor, "but I can't condone that. From my standpoint, I can't give you medications that will end your life.
May 15, 1996
It's ba-a-a-ck: Gov. Ridge's ill-advised plan to balance the commonwealth's budget by cutting medical care for 259,000 citizens. So Republicans in the Legislature have another appointment with destiny today. They are the only force that can preserve a few shreds of the vital safety net for poor people in this state when they vote again on that plan. In March, 24 House Republicans defied predictions that they would value party loyalty and ideology over common sense and compassion.