BIOETHICS DISCUSSION PAGES

(Bioethics is the study of value judgments pertaining to human conduct in the area of biology and includes those related to the practice of medicine.)

MODERATED BY MAURICE BERNSTEIN, M.D.




Welcome to the Bioethics Discussion Pages

These pages are where the questions and responses to bioethical issues are located. EVERYONE is invited to write to me about what YOU think about these issues. Bioethical questions may have significance for all of society and therefore the general public as well as ethicists should get involved and express what they think. Participants may write about any of the topics or invite discussion with a new topic. I post these responses here and update the responses frequently. The policy is that I always include the participant's e-mail address. There is also a polling section ("What is Your Opinion?") to this page where I occasionally present an ethical issue for the visitors to vote upon anonymously so that we might see what is the trend of opinion. I will present a summary of results after a couple months.

NEWS

I want to announce that at the present our Bioethics Discussion Journal Club is INACTIVE. My intention is to try to establish an active club again. Finally, I want to introduce our visitors to my Bioethics Discussion Blog. The link button to go to that site is located at the bottom of this page.

The blog is much different than this website .The goals of both are to encourage the thoughtful discussion of bioethical issues. This website provides a number of issues about which the visitors can express their viewpoints. I just moderate here. On my blog, I am the one who sets out views and offers opportunity for the visitor to comment on them. I have started out with one bioethical issue and will gradually expand it to sub-issues or other issues as they appear in the news or are of general interest. I will also try to include links to various pertinent resources, which can broaden the discussion. I hope you will give my blog a try and let me know what you think. ..Maurice.



WHY DID YOU COME TO THIS PLACE?

This is a very important question to me in order to understand the needs of my visitors. It seems very unlikely that a visitor arrived at my web site just through random browsing through the millions of web sites on the Internet. There must have been some motivation or need to find this place and I would like to know why. Please write and tell me. And Welcome!

GOT A BIOETHICS QUESTION WHICH NEEDS A QUICK ANSWER?

I have found that many those who answered my question above are students who are working on a bioethics paper for school. When they write me, I try to give some suggestions. However, it may take a day or two before I can e-mail them back my comments. For those visitors, including non-students, who would like to be able to communicate directly with a "live" ethics resource person and get the information in real time, the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics has a Bioethics HelpLine http://www.ajobonline.com/hsbioethics/ which is available and free. (Hours: Sun thru Thursday 7 pm to 11pm EST). The chat system is directed primarily for highschool students but I was informed that all other individuals who have a need for bioethics information will be serviced. The system is popular and you may have to wait to contact a resource person. Have your question clearly thought out so you can easily communicate what you want to know. Let me know how this HelpLine has worked out for you.


ANOTHER BIOETHICS RESOURCE SITE FOR REVIEW AND DISCUSSIONS OF BIOETHICAL THEMES

I would like to encourage my visitors to go to the American Medical Association's Virtual Mentor (http://www.virtualmentor.org). It is a place where everyone including medical students can go to read presentations and commentary of issues and standards of practice related to monthly bioethical themes.



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