Friday, February 3, 2023

Tag: medical ethics

Drug Treatment in Medicine and Psychiatry: Papering Over Important Differences

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The treatment of mental disorders with drugs is not the same sort of activity as the use of drugs in medicine. The ethical implications of the two situations are different. Insisting on equating the two obscures these differences and presents the use of drugs for mental distress as less controversial than it actually is.

Eugenics Never Went Away

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From Aeon: Eugenics was a mixture of science and social movement that aimed to improve the human race over generations. Those of good stock were...

The Unfortunate Experiment, Updated

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From Fear and Loathing in Bioethics: A new fifteen-minute television documentary investigates New Zealand's "unfortunate experiment," a horrific case of nonconsensual experimentation at the National...

Brain Implants: Spinning the Trial Results to Protect the Product

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The published report of the Broaden Trial of Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression whitewashed the results: although the efficacy results were negative, the investigators concluded that the therapy still showed "promise", and adverse events suffered by the patients were downplayed or attributed to the disease, and not the treatment. An in-depth investigation of how the trial results were spun, and interviews with patients that tell of harm done.

Ghostwriting has a New Name but Same Problems

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A new paper, published in the British Medical Journal, explains how the pharmaceutical industry has publicly denounced ghostwriting while still finding ways to engage...