The Guardian newspaper recently interviewed Britain's most celebrated scientist, David Attenborough. Here is the final question and answer:
What is the most difficult ethical dilemma facing science today?
DA: How far do you go to preserve individual human life?
HT: Ken Hillman, who just wrote in the American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine: "At the end of the day, it is our profession, through our societies and as individual critical care physicians, that needs to initiate and be involved in this discourse. Not to dictate what should be done but to inform people of the limitations of the specialty and the inevitability of dying. I believe this challenge is one of the more pressing and important that critical care medicine faces."
Monday, November 19, 2012
The Most Difficult Ethical Dilemma Facing Science Today
Thaddeus Mason Pope is Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law and at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. <> <> He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology; Adjunct Associate Professor with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College; and Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at St. Georges University. <> <> Professor Pope is an internationally recognized expert in bioethics and medical ethics. He has over 120 publications in: leading medical journals, law reviews, bar journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals, and book chapters. He also coauthors the definitive 1500-page treatise The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking.