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.
February 28, 2012
By Arthur Caplan Think your doctor is telling you the truth? According to a survey recently published in the journal Health Affairs, he may well not be. The study found that one in 10 doctors has lied to at least one patient in the past year. Twenty percent of the 2,000 doctors surveyed admitted they had not told patients the truth about an error. Ten percent said they had failed to disclose financial conflicts of interest. And 15 percent said they had painted a rosier picture of a patient's prognosis than they knew to be true.
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.
February 1, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - The NFL is about to take another significant step toward better in-game diagnosis of concussions. Jeff Pash, the league's general counsel, said at a news conference Thursday the league will have independent neurological consultants on the sideline during games starting next season. This season, the league put a certified trainer up in the booth during games to help with concussion diagnosis. It also installed replay monitors on the sideline for use by team training and medical staffs to review injuries.
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.