Conversations About Ethics

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Frost Lecture in Medical Ethics: The Worth of a Child

Thomas H. Murray

As science gives us increasing power over whether and when to become parents, it becomes ever more vital to reflect on what it means to become a parent, to love and raise a child who will become a strong, confident, independent adult. Since the publication of The Worth of a Child, science has given us yet more ways of inquiring into our child’s talents and dispositions, and more means of shaping them through drugs, surgeries and other technologies. Our ability to make wise choices about these technologies will be aided by a thoughtful understanding of the ethical nature of the relationship between parents and children, and what that relationship means for the flourishing of both children and parents.

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Health Care is Broken: How do We Fix it?

Stuart Altman, Dr. David Hunt, Ana M Malinow, Jeremy A. Lazarus

The topic of the 7th Annual Frank Bryant, Jr., MD Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics was health care access and delivery in the United States. Dr. Kenneth Shine, Executive Vice Chancellor for Health affairs at the University of Texas System, moderated the 90-minute session. Dr. Stuart H. Altman of Brandeis University (Economist and Health Policy expert) presented; as will Obama Administration representative Dr. David Hunt; while Dr. Jeremy Lazarus, AMA House of Delegates Speaker, represented the positions of the AMA. The fourth panelist, Dr. Ana Malinow of Baylor University and immediate past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, presented the single party payer perspective. Each of the four panelists made a 7- to 10-minute position statement, after which Dr. Shine will pose questions to the panelists.

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Beyond Embryonic

Christopher Thomas Scott

From the moral treatment of embryos and donor autonomy to the moral imperative to develop treatments that may correct or prevent medical conditions, stem cell research and development include topics ripe for scholarly discussion and debate. By exploring these issues both scientifically and ethically in a public forum, participants gained a deeper understanding of new technologies and their larger societal impact.

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Giving and Getting “The Best Care Possible” Through the End of Life

Dr. Ira Byock

Everybody wants “the best care possible” for their loved ones and themselves through the very end of life. Of course, this phrase means different things to different people. In addition to being consistent with professional standards, we strive to provide care that reflects the personal preferences of the seriously ill or injured people and their families. This requires access to a broad array of services and coordination between providers, patients and their loved ones. This presentation will explore the elements that must be in place – within health systems and within communities – and the key stakeholders who must regularly communicate and interact if we are to reliably provide “the best care possible.”

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