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  1. Content type: Commentary

    A code of ethics is used by individuals to justify their actions within an environment. Medical professionals require a keen understanding of specific ethical codes due to the potential consequences of their a...

    Authors: Shaheen E Lakhan, Elissa Hamlat, Turi McNamee and Cyndi Laird

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2009 4:13

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  2. Content type: Research

    The dominant unspoken philosophical basis of medical care in the United States is a form of Cartesian reductionism that views the body as a machine and medical professionals as technicians whose job is to repa...

    Authors: John G Scott, Rebecca G Scott, William L Miller, Kurt C Stange and Benjamin F Crabtree

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2009 4:11

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  3. Content type: Review

    Emil Kraepelin's nosology has been reinvented, for better or worse. In the United States, the rise of the neo-Kraepelinian nosology of DSM-III resuscitated Kraepelin's work but also differed from many of his i...

    Authors: S Nassir Ghaemi

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2009 4:10

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  4. Content type: Meeting report

    This reviews the first of a tripartite symposia series dealing with novel neuroscientific technologies, the nature of consciousness and being, and the questions that arise from such interactions. The event too...

    Authors: Guillermo Palchik

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2009 4:9

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  5. Content type: Commentary

    The development of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) as a treatment for human infertilty was among the most controversial medical achievements of the modern era. In Ireland, the fate and status of supranumary (non-tra...

    Authors: Eric Scott Sills and Sarah Ellen Murphy

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2009 4:8

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  6. Content type: Research

    It is generally claimed that there exist exceptional circumstances when taking human life may be approved and when such actions may be justified on moral grounds. Precise guidelines in the medical field for ma...

    Authors: Dragan Pavlovic, Christian Lehmann and Michael Wendt

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2009 4:6

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  7. Content type: Research

    The increasing debate on financial incentives for organ donation raises concerns about a "commodification of the human body". Philosophical-ethical stances on this development depend on assumptions concerning ...

    Authors: Mark Schweda and Silke Schicktanz

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2009 4:4

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  8. Content type: Commentary

    Critical care is in an emerging crisis of conflict between what individuals expect and the economic burden society and government are prepared to provide. The goal of critical care support is to prevent suffer...

    Authors: Robert C McDermid and Sean M Bagshaw

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2009 4:3

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  9. Content type: Review

    It is one of the central aims of the philosophy of science to elucidate the meanings of scientific terms and also to think critically about their application. The focus of this essay is the scientific term predic...

    Authors: Niall Shanks, Ray Greek and Jean Greek

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2009 4:2

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  10. Content type: Commentary

    In the past decade donor commitments to health have increased by 200 percent. Correspondingly, there has been a swell of new players in the global health landscape. The unprecedented, global response to a sing...

    Authors: Kammerle Schneider and Laurie Garrett

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2009 4:1

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  11. Content type: Commentary

    After revelations of participation by psychiatrists and psychologists in interrogation of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay and Central Intelligence Agency secret detention centers, the American Psychiatric Associat...

    Authors: Abraham L Halpern, John H Halpern and Sean B Doherty

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2008 3:21

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  12. Content type: Review

    The left ventricular assist device was originally designed to be surgically implanted as a bridge to transplantation for patients with chronic end-stage heart failure. On the basis of the REMATCH trial, the US...

    Authors: Aaron G Rizzieri, Joseph L Verheijde, Mohamed Y Rady and Joan L McGregor

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2008 3:20

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  13. Content type: Research

    It is essential for the strategy of open access self-archiving that scientific authors are given comprehensive information on publisher copyright policies. DINI, the German Initiative for Networked Information...

    Authors: Frank Scholze

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2008 3:19

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  14. Content type: Commentary

    The advanced sensory, psychological and social abilities of chimpanzees confer upon them a profound ability to suffer when born into unnatural captive environments, or captured from the wild – as many older re...

    Authors: Andrew Knight

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2008 3:16

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  15. Content type: Book review

    This review of Professor Marcos Cueto's Cold War Deadly Fevers: Malaria Eradication in Mexico, 1955–1975 discusses some of the historical, sociological, political and parasitological topics included in Dr. Cueto'...

    Authors: Filiberto Malagón

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2008 3:15

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  16. Content type: Book review

    Advance directives are useful ways to express one's wishes about end of life care, but even now most people have not completed one of the documents. David Doukas and William Reichel strongly encourage planning...

    Authors: Ellen W Bernal

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2008 3:13

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  17. Content type: Book review

    The burgeoning field of medical ethics raises complicated questions for mental health researchers. The critical issues of risk assessment, beneficence, and the moral duties researchers owe their patients are a...

    Authors: Ronald Pies

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2008 3:11

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  18. Content type: Book review

    Donald A. Barr's Introduction to U.S. Health Policy: The Organization, Financing, and Delivery of Health Care in America (second edition, 2007) offers a lucid and informative overview of the U.S. health system an...

    Authors: Audrey R Chapman

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2008 3:9

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  19. Content type: Commentary

    Sadness and low levels of depression are adaptive since they lead the individual to try and make up a loss. By contrast, severe or clinical depression is not adaptive, but can be thought of as sadness having b...

    Authors: Lewis Wolpert

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2008 3:8

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  20. Content type: Commentary

    In the Fall of 2007, ten neuroscientists published a proposal for an interdisciplinary research initiative, the Decade of the Mind, that would focus on four "broad but intertwined areas": mental health, research ...

    Authors: Manfred Spitzer

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2008 3:7

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  21. Content type: Commentary

    As Dobzhansky wrote, nothing in biology makes sense outside the context of the evolutionary theory, and this truth has not been sufficiently explored yet by medicine. We comment on Shanks and Pyles' recently p...

    Authors: Paolo Vineis and Ronald Melnick

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2008 3:6

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  22. Content type: Editorial

    A series of papers in Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine (PEHM) have recently disputed whether non-heart beating organ donors are alive and whether non-heart beating organ donation (NHBD) contravenes t...

    Authors: Thomas S Huddle, Michael A Schwartz, FAmos Bailey and Michael A Bos

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2008 3:5

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  23. Content type: Research

    The Psychological Ethics and National Security (PENS) task force was assembled by the American Psychological Association (APA) to guide policy on the role of psychologists in interrogations at foreign detentio...

    Authors: Brad Olson, Stephen Soldz and Martha Davis

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2008 3:3

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  24. Content type: Commentary

    Stuart Murray's 'Care and the self: biotechnology, reproduction, and the good life' utilizes Foucault's "care of the self" to examine health domains in its title. The present author discusses three important a...

    Authors: Madeleine J Murtagh

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2008 3:2

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  25. Content type: Book review

    The Estrogen Elixir: A History of Hormone Replacement Therapy in America by Elizabeth Siegel Watkins is a thoroughly documented cautionary tale of the information and advice offered to women in the perimenopausal...

    Authors: Carlos Sonnenschein

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2008 3:1

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  26. Content type: Review

    Recent neuroscientific evidence brings into question the conclusion that all aspects of consciousness are gone in patients who have descended into a persistent vegetative state (PVS). Here we summarize the evi...

    Authors: Jaak Panksepp, Thomas Fuchs, Victor Abella Garcia and Adam Lesiak

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2007 2:32

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  27. Content type: Commentary

    A recent study suggests that doctors often diminish effective time with patients by talking about themselves in a manner that does not improve the patient visit and is sometimes disruptive to it. Good care req...

    Authors: Robert M Centor

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2007 2:29

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  28. Content type: Commentary

    The issue of organ donation and of how the donor pool can or should be increased is one with significant practical, ethical and logistic implications. Here we comment on an article advocating a paradigm change...

    Authors: Rinaldo Bellomo and Nereo Zamperetti

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2007 2:27

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  29. Content type: Commentary

    Freud's legacy deriving from his work The project for a scientific psychology (1895) could give a new impetus to the dialogue between psychoanalysis and neurosciences. A rapproachment phase is warrented. Based...

    Authors: Grigoris Vaslamatzis

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2007 2:25

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  30. Content type: Research

    This study presents an empirical investigation of the ethical reasoning and ethical issues at stake in the daily work of physicians and molecular biologists in Denmark. The aim of this study was to test empiri...

    Authors: Mette Ebbesen and Birthe D Pedersen

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2007 2:23

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  31. Content type: Commentary

    In their recent paper, Natalie Banner and Tim Thornton evaluate seven volumes of the Oxford University Press series “International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry,” an international book series begun...

    Authors: Damiaan Denys

    Citation: Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2007 2:22

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