Articles By: Kenneth W. Kirkwood

Ask the Ethicist: Leaving a bad taste in the mouth
Ask the Ethicist: Leaving a bad taste in the mouth

Q: “I’ve thought that the soda tax idea in New York is a great idea. I’ve read some things where ethics people have rejected the idea. Why not tax soda?” A: My economics classes were a long time ago, but I ...

Posted: October 5, 2012|Ethics|0 comments

Ask the Ethicist: Should your physician count costs?
Ask the Ethicist: Should your physician count costs?

Q: As a surgeon, I don’t know how much the things I use cost. It would be interesting to know the price of the medicine and equipment I use. What I don’t know is what the ethical concerns would be. A: ...

Posted: June 5, 2012|Ethics|0 comments

Ask the Ethicist: What an ex-girlfriend taught me about surgery
Ask the Ethicist: What an ex-girlfriend taught me
about surgery

I once dated a woman who was discussing the untimely demise of a friend’s relationship due to infidelity. During that conversation, the kind in which people harshly judge the unfaithful party, she dropped a bomb. She confessed that she always ...

Posted: April 3, 2012|Ethics|0 comments

Ask the ethicist: Patient-centred bioethics begins with patient education
Ask the ethicist: Patient-centred bioethics begins with
patient education

Due to the illness of a family member, I have spent the vast majority of the past two years visiting many different hospitals. From Swift Current General in Saskatchewan to London Ontario’s Health Sciences Centres and St. Joseph’s, I’ve been ...

Posted: February 3, 2012|Ethics|0 comments

Ask the Ethicist: Giving food to the homeless
Ask the Ethicist: Giving food to the homeless

Q: “I am curious as to what your thoughts are on individuals giving food to the homeless. I used to give them a granola bar or a piece of fruit (whatever I happened to have in my lunch), but a ...

Posted: December 3, 2011|Ethics|0 comments

Ask the Ethicist: Eating for two?
Ask the Ethicist: Eating for two?

“We’ve had many angry patients say to us, ‘This is discriminatory’ and I say, ‘Yes, it is’ But I still won’t do it,” said Arthur Leader, co-founder of the Ottawa Fertility Centre. The facility where he works will not ...

Posted: November 1, 2011|Ethics|0 comments

Ask the Ethicist: Mother’s milk and other goodness?
Ask the Ethicist: Mother’s milk and other goodness?

Q: I read an article in a major daily newspaper about how breastfeeding is over-promoted and not really that good for a baby. But people tell me that I should be breastfeeding my baby and they always imply I’m wrong ...

Posted: October 4, 2011|Ethics|0 comments

Making paramedics get the flu shot
Making paramedics get the flu shot

Question from Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, SK. "I read that some paramedics in Kingston were suspended from the job because they refused their flu shots. Should they be made to get flu shots?" Up until 2000, paramedics were immunized against polio, ...

Posted: March 1, 2007|Uncategorized|0 comments

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