“Semantic gymnastics” and “A New Ethic for Medicine and Society”

Editor’s note. This editorial first appeared in the September 1970 edition of “California Medicine,” a publication of the Western Journal of Medicine. We first reposted this huge influential analysis in the March 11, 1998, issue of National Right to Life News. I re-run it every year or two as a history lesson for those who …

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Should Ethics Committees be Death Panels?

By Nancy Valko I volunteered to serve on a newly started hospital ethics committees in the 1990s. While I wanted to help analyze difficult cases and serve as a resource for hospital personnel with ethical concerns, I became increasingly alarmed when I saw cost containment and judgments based on “quality of life” brought up as …

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