April 18, 2003 |
The case of Marshall Klavan has been characterized as a complaint of "wrongful life" and a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury yesterday heard why at the opening of an unusual civil trial. Klavan, 71, a former obstetrician and gynecologist at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, has been in a nursing home for six years, incapacitated by a stroke. Fearing a stroke, Klavan had written an "advanced medical directive," or living will, in 1993 prohibiting extreme medical measures if he were to develop an "incurable or . . . irreversible mental or physical condition.
April 5, 1995 |
The United Nations World Health Organization has begun testing possible HIV vaccines, but partly because the first trials are in Thailand, the program is controversial. The need for a vaccine is especially pressing since the AIDS epidemic is exploding in many of the world's poorest nations. Yet many people say that testing vaccines in poor nations is unethical. They are wrong. Many of us still think of acquired immune deficiency syndrome as somehow peculiarly an American disease.
May 8, 2015 |
It is not surprising when older people with dementia make poor financial decisions or are fleeced by con artists. But even "normal" brain aging, which causes changes in cognitive and social abilities, can make people vulnerable later in life to financial disaster. A conference at the University of Pennsylvania this week tackled how to figure out whether older people are capable of good decision-making, and what can be done to protect elders from fraud and abuse. Sponsored by Penn's Institute on Aging and Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, the event drew people from academia, law enforcement, and social services.
March 8, 2015 |
When I was in medical school at the end of the 20th century, I was taught that Alzheimer's disease was a rare cause of dementia in middle-aged adults. The elderly had senility caused by an indecipherable mess of pathologies and aging. Now, in the 21st century, Alzheimer's is called an epidemic. It has even helped five-time nominee Julianne Moore win her first Academy Award. In Still Alice, based on the novel of the same title, Moore portrays professor Alice Howland, who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and who suffers the relentless decay of her capacities.
March 17, 2012
Arthur Caplan, one of the nation's best-known medical ethicists, is leaving the University of Pennsylvania for work with New York University's Langone Medical Center. Caplan, who has worked at the University of Pennsylvania school of medicine since 1994, start works July 1 at Langone, the New York school said in a statement. He will serve as director of the new Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population Health. Until January this year, Caplan was the director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics.
April 5, 2015 |
In February, the internationally acclaimed novelist Harper Lee surprised the world with news that in July, HarperCollins will publish her second novel, Go Set a Watchman . The publisher unveiled the cover two weeks ago. Written before her masterwork To Kill a Mockingbird, this one had been buried in a drawer for decades. Long ago, the author, certain that Mockingbird was her first and last work, decided that Watchman should not be published. Fifty years later, she changed her mind.
December 5, 2006 |
Bioethics expert George Annas has spoken at hospitals and universities nationwide about medical bias, AIDS, and the right to die. But it was a lecture touching on human rights and Guantanamo Bay that landed him in the center of a debate that some say threatens free speech at Philadelphia's VA Hospital. After Annas' speech, given Sept. 28 to more than 100 people at the Veterans Administration hospital, the Department of Veterans Affairs received a single, unsigned letter of complaint questioning whether federal agencies should sponsor speakers who oppose current administration policies.
February 2, 1995 |
Lower Moreland police officers, firefighters and ambulance service personnel will be honored during the second annual Recognition Night Service set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Memorial Baptist Church, 2680 Huntingdon Pike in Huntingdon Valley. Participating in the interfaith service will be clergy from churches and synagogues in Huntingdon Valley. Special commendations will be awarded to retiring Police Officers Joseph Dixey for 27 years' service and Donald Hessing for 30 years' service.
June 18, 2006 |
Arthur Caplan is chairman of the department of medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Yo. Whassup? Has youse heard dat Geno's Steaks in Sout Philly got a sign up dat sez you gotta order in English to get a steak? Dat's right - if youse ain't sayin "wit wiz" or "widout," den you ain't no Merican and shunt get a cheesesteak, much less a hoagie. Well, dat sign shd stay. Dey din take down the sign at Chink's Steaks, an dey shun take diss one down needa.
January 28, 1997 |
The first of four interfaith adult education classes on ethics will be held at 8 p.m. Monday at St. John Chrysostom School Auditorium, 615 S. Providence Rd., Wallingford. Eleanor Myers, professor at Temple University Law School, will speak on "Ethics as Rules of Conduct Recognized in the Fields of Business, Medicine and Law. " The classes are co-sponsored by Congregation Ohev Shalom and Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. Subsequent sessions will be held at 8 p.m. at the following locations: Feb. 10, Ohev Shalom, 2 Chester Rd., Wallingford.