September 30, 2001 |
Early in his career, public debate over the moral dilemmas posed by scientific advances was so sparse that bioethicist Arthur L. Caplan went for years without a call from a reporter. Now, as director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, Caplan does back-to-back telephone and TV interviews on the ethical tangles arising from this brave new world of genome mapping, cloning and stem cell research.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2002 |
A-J Levinson, who led a New York-based patients' rights group that developed the now-common living will and served as a national spokeswoman for bringing dignity to dying, has died. She was 73. Levinson died of cancer Monday at her home in Manhattan. As executive director of Concern for Dying from 1976 to 1987, Levinson urged family members, doctors, nurses and other caregivers to honor a dying person's wishes.
November 9, 2008 |
A Washington hospital has asked a judge for permission to stop treating a brain-dead 12-year-old cancer patient, even though his ultra-religious New York parents want to keep him on life support. Motl Brody of Brooklyn was pronounced dead this week after a half-year fight against a brain tumor, and doctors at Children's National Medical Center in Washington say the seventh-grader's brain has ceased functioning. But for the last few days, a machine has continued to inflate and deflate his lungs.
April 5, 1998 |
What is Generation X and what will be its legacy? The true Generation X--the one that Douglas Coupland gave name to--was born in the late 1950s and early 1960s and came of age somewhere between the Vietnam War and the Reagan Revolution. We have it to thank for disco, roller derby and Evel Knievel. Television is the generation's touchstone.
September 1, 2004 |
The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned the constitutionality of a special law that allowed Gov. Jeb Bush to bypass a lower court ruling and order a feeding tube reinserted to keep a brain-damaged woman alive. During a hearing of oral arguments about the law, Chief Justice Barbara J. Pariente suggested it was an unlawful grant of "unfettered discretion" to the governor and that it was a political encroachment on the judicial branch. Justice Charles T.
December 15, 1990 |
Bringing to an end the nation's foremost right-to-die case, a judge in southwestern Missouri ruled Friday that the parents of 33-year-old Nancy Cruzan, who has been comatose since a January, 1983, automobile accident, may stop her artificial feedings and let her die. The parents, Joe and Joyce Cruzan, immediately met with her doctors at the Missouri Rehabilitation Center in Mt. Vernon. They were expected to stop the feedings within 24 hours.
June 26, 1990 |
The Supreme Court, in its first decision on the "right-to-die" issue, ruled Monday that the parents of a comatose woman do not have an automatic right under the U.S. Constitution to insist that hospital workers stop feeding her. Although a conscious patient has a right to reject all medical treatment, the high court said, the patient's family may not automatically invoke that right if the patient cannot speak for herself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1986 |
Disconnecting life-support systems from a brain-dead, comatose patient has become such an accepted procedure that a manual on the bookshelves of hospitals throughout the state devotes four pages to protocol governing the process. It's when a comatose patient falls into the "gray areas"--when a severely damaged brain persistently gives off minimal signs of life, for example--that controversy arises over pulling the plug, hospital officials and a neurologist said Friday.
March 22, 2005 |
While serving a search warrant on a December afternoon in 1979, Minneapolis police Officer David Mack was shot in the neck and abdomen, triggering a cascade of events that left him in a persistent vegetative state. He choked on his own vomit, depriving his brain of oxygen for several crucial minutes. Doctors gave up hope that he would ever regain consciousness. Then he surprised them.
November 27, 1986 |
The health care community is increasingly focusing on the ethics of medical treatment, especially in light of the rapid spiral in America's aging population. Yet, according to Dr. Kenneth Brummel-Smith, co-chief of clinical gerontology services at the county's Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, "most doctors have no idea what (medical) ethics is all about."