The Great Opioid Panic….and What It Leaves in Its Wake

Chronic pain  —  and especially idiopathic chronic pain  —  is a sentence that too many will have to bear increasingly on their own.  That is, without the help of various painkiller, or opioid, medication that makes day-to-day existence possible.  And … Continue reading

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Things That Ought Not Be
Anna Gotlib

“Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.” ― Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain On July 10, 2013,  I began a post about forced-sterilization-as-eugenics by quoting Adolph Hitler: I have studied with great interest the laws of several American states concerning prevention of reproduction by people … Continue reading

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It’s Only Words: On Refugees and Liminality
Anna Gotlib

I sit in front of my computer in New York, contemplating how I am going to speak to groups of people about refugees, narratives, and moral luck in two days’ time.  It is not that I am overly worried about … Continue reading

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Why YOU should submit your work to the ASBH FAB Affinity Group
Anna Gotlib

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities  —  one of the largest conferences for all academics, clinicians, policy analysts, and others working in the areas of bioethics, medical humanities, medicine, medical education, and related disciplines  —  is ready to roll … Continue reading

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Move Along — Nothing to See Here!
Anna Gotlib

I am not going to write a lengthy post about the story of drug testing kits (and their failure) linked below.  Please read it.  Because I think that it speaks for itself  —  loudly, predictably, shamefully…. Here is a taste: … Continue reading

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Screaming into the Void and Other Annoyances: Public Intellectuals and the Disappearing Public

It is hard, even frustrating, to be a public intellectual these days.  Corey Robin concludes his thoughtful and timely piece about the status, function, and worries of, and about, public intellectuals by stating that We have the means, we have the material. What … Continue reading

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FAB 2016 Call for Papers

FAB 2016 Call for Papers FAB 2016 theme and sample topics The FAB 2016 World Congress theme is “Feminist perspectives and public health: individuals, communities, and the public good.” Sample topics include: Public health: feminist perspectives, definitions, approaches and priorities … Continue reading

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Getting Around The Rules To Study the Brain

This might be of interest to bioethicists, physicians, researchers, and so on.  What do you think?  Is this ethical?  Is this one way to push otherwise difficult or controversial research forward? http://www.technologyreview.com/news/543246/to-study-the-brain-a-doctor-puts-himself-under-the-knife/  … Continue reading

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“You’re scaring away all of our customers,” or Why Russia’s latest moral failure should not surprise you

So, a few days ago, this happened: Supermodel Natalia Vodianova has ignited a firestorm of discussion about the rights of the disabled in her native Russia after her autistic sister was kicked out of a Nizhny Novgorod cafe by the … Continue reading

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The Myths We Tell Ourselves: Justice Clarence Thomas’ dissent in Obergefell v. Hodges

In invalidating same-sex marriage bans nationwide in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment protected marriage as a fundamental liberty, regardless of the sex of the spouses.  Specifically, it noted that The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to … Continue reading

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Russia’s rough beast slouches on….

I am a native Russian  —  I was born there, spent a lot of my childhood there, began my schooling there.  I speak the language.   I know the culture.  And right now, I am at a loss, somewhere between disgusted, … Continue reading

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More on Responses to Ebola: Can the World Get It Right?

Canada is imposing quarantine measures on travelers from “Ebola countries,” and more missteps from a frightened world.  Here is the story.  I have nothing to add right now, other than to remind readers of the AIDS crisis several decades ago. … Continue reading

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