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Medical decisions involving children raise particular ethical issues for physicians and other members of the health care team. Although parents and physicians have traditionally made most medical decisions on behalf of children, the developing autonomy of children is increasingly being recognized in medical decision-making. This poses a challenge for(More)
The medical and nursing literature often seem divided between numerical, qualitative studies, and quantitative, narrative-based case histories. Rarely are the numbers generated by the first informed by the experiences and insights offered by the second type of study. This paper reports on a pilot study carried out at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto,(More)
Research abuses in the pediatric setting, mistakes, regulation, minimal investment, and professional misconceptions may contribute to children becoming therapeutic orphans. The moral imperative to expand pediatric pharmacology is urgent but the enterprise is not without risk. Pediatricians as experts in child care are privileged to be able to advocate for(More)
PURPOSE To assess attitudes towards predictive testing for autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (ADRP). METHODS A prospective questionnaire study of 46 affected adults and their adult family members identified from pedigrees clearly consistent with ADRP or who had had DNA-testing confirmation of ADRP before the study commenced. RESULTS High(More)
Catholic teaching has no moral difficulties with research on stem cells derived from adult stem cells or fetal cord blood. The ethical problem comes with embryonic stem cells since their genesis involves the destruction of a human embryo. However, there seems to be significant promise of health benefits from such research. Although Catholic teaching does(More)
Consensus is the holy grail of bioethics, the lynch pin of the assumption that well informed, well intentioned people may reach generally acceptable positions on ethically contentious issues. It has been especially important in bioethics, where advancing technology has assured an increasing field of complex medical dilemmas. This paper results on the use of(More)
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has stated that residency programs "must provide opportunities for residents to gain an understanding of the basic principles of biomedical ethics as it relates to the specialty." This article presents the steps taken to develop a curriculum for teaching and learning biomedical ethics in Canadian(More)
  • M Rowell
  • 1993
1. It is estimated that 10 million children are vitamin A deficient. Of these children, over 1 million needlessly die, go blind, or suffer lesser degrees of visual impairment every year. This problem--along with all forms of malnutrition--is likely to be seriously magnified by the year 2000. The scope of the problem is immense, and the need to address it is(More)
Health-care centres, universities, and the researchers and clinicians working in them are encouraged to procure research funding through the development of commercial relationships. There are positive, practical, and morally relevant arguments in support of this initiative, but the move also raises ethical issues concerning potential conflicts of interest.(More)