April 12, 1989 |
A citizens' committee on medical ethics joined yesterday a growing chorus of voices criticizing the state ombudsman for the elderly and his review of all decisions to discontinue life support for dying nursing-home patients. The group's chairwoman, Mary Strong, said the review is unnecessary and delays such decisions. "That causes a great deal of anguish on the families," she said. "The nursing homes can do nothing for fear of the ombudsman. " She said that the review, ordered by Hector Rodriguez, the ombudsman for the institutionalized elderly, also contradicts the findings of an extensive survey released in the summer by her group, the Citizens' Committee on Biomedical Ethics.
March 23, 1989 |
New state guidelines that were intended to stop interference by the government in the decisions of nursing-home patients to die with dignity actually do just the opposite and should be scrapped, a blue-ribbon medical- ethics panel said yesterday. During a regular meeting of the New Jersey Bioethics Commission, members sharply criticized guidelines for living wills proposed last week by Health Commissioner Molly Joel Coye. One commission member said the proposal "defies any common sense.
October 12, 2014 |
Their idea was simple: Use chewing gum to change the world. The team of five friends from the University of Pennsylvania - none older than 23 - developed Sweet Bites, chewing gum made with a sugar substitute called xylitol that fights tooth decay and that could improve oral health in the world's poorest areas. The culmination of months of hard work and countless all-nighters played out late last month on a stage where, earlier in the day, President Obama had stood. In their nicest suits and a fancy dress borrowed from one of their mothers, they addressed an audience including a Nobel laureate and a CNN anchor, and had their words live-streamed all over the world.
October 22, 1987 |
Joseph Hassman, the Cherry Hill physician whose medical license was revoked after he tearfully pleaded guilty to the mercy killing last year of his terminally ill mother-in-law, has returned to work. At a sparsely attended and unpublicized hearing Oct. 14, the state Board of Medical Examiners unanimously reinstated Hassman's license after deciding that he had "demonstrated his rehabilitation," a board spokesman said yesterday. Hassman, a former member of the Cherry Hill Township Council, had admitted administering a lethal dose of drugs to his mother-in-law, Esther Davis, 80, as she lay in bed at the Linwood Convalescent Center in April 1986.
March 15, 1987 |
When the Catholic church condemned forms of reproductive technology such as test-tube fertilization and surrogate motherhood last week, it spoke with a finality that some specialists in medical ethics described as undermining the discussion of complex issues. The Vatican position "stifles dialogue," said Joyce Bermel, managing editor of the Hastings Center Report, published by the Hastings Center in Briarcliff, N.Y., a research institution that focuses on ethical issues in biology and medicine.
January 2, 1994 |
Delaware Valley College will host three live interactive teleconferences this year on nursing in the 1990s. The first conference is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 3. Registration deadline is Jan. 14. The conference will address the issues, dilemmas and applications of monitoring techniques for acute and critically ill patients. Medial and nursing experts will discuss types of monitoring and ethical considerations. The second conference runs from 12:30 to 3 p.m. March 24. The panel will address medical ethics and health-care policy and will include a clinician, medical ethicist, theologian, lawyer and public policy expert.
July 19, 1991 |
The United States Senate, the most exclusive and august deliberative body in the land, squiggled the other day. Every year the good senators fill tens of thousands of pages with their thoughts, their musings and, most important, their actions. Those pages fill the voluminous Congressional Record, but today those pages are blank on one key point in a critical and controversial action taken Wednesday afternoon. The issue was abortion, and the Senate approved a bill that would allow family planning clinics to tell people that abortion is a legal option, even if those clinics receive federal financing.
December 29, 1993 |
The present attempt of the medical profession to force a woman to have a Caesarian section in order to save the life of her unborn child reflects the inconsistencies in the judicial system. It's ironic that women can obtain abortions at will, yet this woman cannot leave the life of her unborn child in the hands of the One who gives life. In both instances, the bureaucratic system is playing God. Lawmakers who are strangers to the mothers, and to the unborn children, are deciding whether these children will live or die. In these types of cases, the medical profession rules according to medical ethics, and the judicial system rules according to their interpretation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
September 9, 1986 |
Most new infertility treatments are morally acceptable, but the practice of one woman bearing a child for another should be restricted, a medical ethics committee said yesterday. In the first major report examining the ethics of new reproductive technology, a committee of doctors, lawyers and ethicists said that practices such as artificial insemination and using donor sperm and eggs for producing test-tube babies were morally acceptable in most cases. However, the panel said some other procedures should be classified as experimental and not used routinely until more is known about them.
December 11, 2007 |
Henry A. Shenkin, 92, an innovative neurosurgeon and an author, died Saturday at the Quadrangle, a retirement community in Haverford, where he had lived for 18 years. Dr. Shenkin was founding director, in 1960, of the neurosurgical research laboratory at Episcopal Hospital. He was a professor at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and at Temple University Medical School, and maintained a private practice. In the early 1970s, he was responsible for the installation of the first CAT scanner in Philadelphia at Episcopal Hospital.