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  • BioEdge: An historic moment
    year old recently married woman with a brain tumour She was forced to move to Oregon where assisted suicide is legal The video went viral and was seen by millions of people who watched Brittany plead tearfully for the right to die It shows the immense power of story telling in an era which respects emotions more than reasoned argument MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the

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  • BioEdge: The virtuous surgeon
    serious problems in the practice of surgery in Australia and New Zealand and called for a profound shift in the culture of surgery A noble goal indeed but how will it be achieved By creating new lists of standards and writing more reports The most natural way surely is to make character not just competence part of medical training Unless surgeons are virtuous in the old fashioned sense of the

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  • BioEdge: Is there a “right” to euthanasia?
    denied the right to a peaceful death and has brought the case to a disciplinary tribunal If the doctor is censured will this effectively lead to euthanasia on demand in the Netherlands Rather than fight to have their professional judgement respected I ll bet that most doctors will just rubberstamp every request that passes across their desks It will be interesting which the Dutch respect more the informed consent of

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  • BioEdge: Dutch doctor in hot water for refusing to approve euthanasia
    on euthanasia Her parents supported her decision A date was set for her death However at the last minute the unnamed general practitioner reneged and said that she did not believe that euthanasia was appropriate Then the hospital declined to go ahead as well When Ms de Moor heard the news she went off in a panic and hanged herself in her family s apple orchard Now the family feels stabbed in the back and has filed a complaint with the Medical Regulatory Board to sue the doctor for refusing permission We don t want the doctor to get away with it they say The bitter part is that the euthanasia had been approved It was just a question of fixing the date when Milou would say goodbye says her mother A hospital in Ghent just over the border in Belgium supports the parents and also plans to pursue legal action We owe this to Milou She was hounded into death says the hospital MORE ON THESE TOPICS child euthanasia euthanasia Netherlands This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non

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  • BioEdge: Euthanasia for unbearable mental suffering in Belgium
    over the sudden death of a beloved daughter It was without question the most difficult day I ve had as a journalist he told Daily Mail Australia As a foreign correspondent I ve seen a lot of people dying I ve witnessed a lot of final moments All of those people I remember very clearly didn t want to die They had something to live for something they feared losing What I struggled with most was that despite being in near perfect physical health Simona believed she had nothing and no one in her life worth living for he said Simona is adamant that she wants to die I don t have to justify myself to anyone she says defiantly However it seems like a pretty miserable way to depart A doctor a friend a nurse a journalist and a cameraman at her bedside no relatives She drinks a lethal dose asks to put her feet up and dies It is a scene which will make anyone ask whether Belgian doctors understand what compassion for the vulnerable the disabled and the elderly means MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by

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  • BioEdge: Pointed Remarks
    a technique for freezing embryos and was an ardent promoter of the use of human embryonic stem cells Bitter conflicts over the reproductive revolution emerge in the play although the author who has a very good relationship with her dad seems to frame him as a new Galileo Are there any Melbournians out there who would like to review it for BioEdge Our apologies to readers who may have received an unwanted email from New Media Foundation the publisher of BioEdge the other day We manage a few newsletters and one of them MercatorNet was inadvertently posted out to BioEdge subscribers We are contacting the email company to ensure that it won t happen again to make a comment click here Put us out of our misery ask Indian farmers by Michael Cook 3 May 2015 Comments In 2007 an infection swept through the pomegranate trees of Hyderabad Karnataka in India Pomegrates are a profitable export crop into countries like Germany Switzerland France and Canada Farmers had borrowed heavily to invest in pomegranates and the disease brought them to their knees Then came floods The banks threatened to foreclose Politicians promised relief and did nothing Three hundred of these despairing farmers have a solution they have petitioned the local governor for mercy killing ie euthanasia No yield no money to repay the loans The only option before us is to die they say On the other side of the country in Jharkhand 130 prisoners have also petitioned the local governor for mercy killing They claim that they have spent 20 years in jail and have done their time but the authorities have done nothing They are suffering from extreme mental trauma and say that death is better than the lives they are living now Such requests for mercy killing are relatively common in the Indian media believe it or not Perhaps they are genuine Perhaps they are calculated to capture the media spotlight But in any case no one is going to die Euthanasia is illegal However it s easy to see how dangerous it could be for desperate people Bureaucrats would rubberstamp their application for a lethal needle for it would be easier to kill the petitioners than to give them jobs If euthanasia were legal people would die simply because they were luckless and poor Is there a lesson for us in more developed countries I think so As a committee of the Scottish Parliament wrote in a thorough report this week about an assisted suicide bill see below there is no way to guarantee the absence of coercion in the context of assisted suicide to make a comment click here Anzac Day special by Michael Cook 25 Apr 2015 Comments Now for something completely different because April 25 is Anzac Day the one day of the year a solemn commemoration of the 1915 Gallipoli landing the first and disastrous battle fought by an independent Australia Today is the centenary celebration The highlight of every Anzac Day is

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  • BioEdge: Pointed Remarks
    confer wonderful mental endowments upon their offspring Plus ça change plus c est la même chose to make a comment click here Looking for a job in cancer research by Michael Cook 16 Jan 2016 Comments In his State of the Union address President Obama announced a cancer moonshot an ambitious plan to cure cancer The same kind of concentrated effort that split the atom and took man to the moon should be turned toward conquering this dread disease he said Oops He didn t say that Richard Nixon did in his 1971 State of the Union address We want to be the first generation that finally wins the war on cancer then Vice President Al Gore said in 1998 For the first time the enemy is outmatched It s not just the politicians who know how to cure cancer Scientists make big promises as well In 2005 the Director at the National Cancer Institute Andrew von Eschenbach said Our plan is to eliminate the suffering and death that result from this process that we understand as cancer and we are committed to a goal of doing so as early as 2015 That commitment was made only ten years ago and cancer is still the second leading cause of death in the United States It s great to feel optimistic but one has the feeling that promises like these are made to distract voters from other issues It s a bit utopian at this point agreed Barrie Bode a professor at Northern Illinois University and a 20 year cancer researcher told MarketWatch It s like saying we need to fix the economy once and for all Right like that s going to happen he said However if you are looking for a job in cancer research now looks like a very good time to make a comment click here Monkeys are still not persons by Michael Cook 10 Jan 2016 Comments Happy New Year BioEdge is gearing up for a big year with lots of news and more interviews with bioethicists from around the world Animal rights is one of the areas which we cover from time to time which explains the photo above one which I have been dying to use It is a famous selfie of a male crested macaque named Naruto in an Indonesian wlldlife reserve British nature photographer David Slater placed the camera amongst the monkeys in 2011 and Naruto pressed the trigger Later on the image appeared on Wikipedia without Slater s permission but Wikipedia refused to take it down because Naruto was the author not Slater In September PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals became involved It argued in United States District Court in San Francisco that Naruto held the copyright On his behalf PETA wanted to licence the image and use the proceeds to protect his species Implicit in its case was the notion that animal are also persons and have legal rights The bemused judge William H Orrick disagreed While

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  • BioEdge: UK Parliament votes against assisted dying
    of the issue The former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer revealed his reasons for not prosecuting 79 of the 80 cases of assisted suicide which came before him This was highly informative as it could be argued that the guidelines he issued were tantamount to stealth legalisation of helping a loved one to die A number of MPs had accompanied parents or spouses through their last days or were doctors who had rich experience in dealing with dying patients I found the speech of Nadine Dorries a former nurse particularly interesting as it confirmed me in my impression that opponents to the right to die are not all fuddy duddies and ideologues This colourful MP was once described as a tropical bird in amongst all that dull grey plumage on the Commons benches I particularly relished her cheek in ignoring the dull grey plumage and participating in a reality TV show called I m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here She was suspended from the Conservative Party for several months over that Anyhow her speech concluded with a cogent warning about government involvement in assisted dying There are people all over the country who do not have a family member or relative as their next of kin They do not have loved ones For them the next of kin is the state It sends a shiver of fear down my spine to think that such a Bill might be legislated for and approved when so many people who are protected by the law may not have such protection in future because their next of kin is the state When they feel that they are a burden or they feel under pressure who will coerce them and who will feel the budgetary constraints involved in looking after them

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