Category: Ethics

Clinical Correlations

Is prescribing placebos an ethical practice?

Ethics 5 min read

placebo.jpgCommentary by Antonella Surbone, MD PhD FACP, NYU Department of Medicine, Clinical Correlations Ethics Section Editor

In October 2008, BMJ published a research article entitled “Prescribing placebo treatments: results of a national survey of US …

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X-Ray Visions: What is your radiation risk?

Ethics Radiology 3 min read

xraylogo.jpgCommentary by Michael Hanley MD PGY-3 and James D. Koonce MD PGY-3, Department of Radiology, Medical University of South Carolina – A Free Online Calculator that Estimates an Individual’s Additional Risk of Cancer as a Result …

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Ethical Responsbilities After GINA

Commentary by Antonella Surbone, MD PhD FACP, Ethics Section Editor

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), passed by the US Congress on May 1st 2008, protects individuals against discrimination by health insurers and employers on the basis of genetic information.(1-4) Genetic information refers to genetic tests of a person’s or a …

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Ethics Q&A

Ethics 3 min read

Q: What is the appropriate response for an internist to the phone call from a friend….”I hate to ask you but,….I have this minor problem and could you help me over the phone or in your/my …

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