sábado, 31 de octubre de 2015

BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics ► Limits of informed consent. China abandons one-child policy

BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics


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Earlier this month the New York Post, a great source of bioethical conundrums, reported the strange case of 30-year-old North Carolina woman Jewel Shuping.
Ms Shuping is convinced that she was always meant to be blind. But by some terrible accident at birth, she had normal eyesight. “I really feel this is the way I was supposed to be born, that I should have been blind from birth,” Shuping explained. Doctors say that she has Body Integrity Identity Disorder.
Finally she found an obliging psychologist in 2006. After giving her some counselling, he gave her some eye-numbing drops and then washed her pupils with drain cleaner. “It hurt, let me tell you,” she says in a YouTube video. “My eyes were screaming and I had some drain cleaner going down my cheek burning my skin,” she said. “But all I could think was, ‘I am going blind, it is going to be okay.”
So here is the bioethical conundrum: was the psychologist right to destroy his patient’s eyesight if she freely requested it, was happy with the treatment, and was living in psychological torment because she could see?
And if he was wrong and unethical, why is participating in gender reassignment surgery or euthanasia right and ethical? 
Michael Cook

This week in BioEdge

by Xavier Symons | Oct 31, 2015
The Chinese government has finally abandoned its notorious one-child policy.

by Michael Cook | Oct 31, 2015
Severe conditions placed on Philip Nitschke's registration

by Michael Cook | Oct 31, 2015
Trial of Nicolas Bonnemaison sparks controversy

by Michael Cook | Oct 31, 2015
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by Michael Cook | Oct 31, 2015
A new paper claims that induced stem cells are functionally equivalent to embryonic stem cells

by Xavier Symons | Oct 31, 2015
A doctor in Belgium could be charged with murder after euthanizing an 85-year-old woman suffering from depression.

by Xavier Symons | Oct 31, 2015
Would JS Mill have supported euthanasia?

by Michael Cook | Oct 30, 2015
A new film highlights the controversial experiments by Stanley Milgram

by Daniel Callahan and Xavier Symons | Oct 28, 2015
Daniel Callahan is one of the most influential thinkers in contemporary bioethics. Recently he spoke with BioEdge about the state of the discipline.
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