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...

Ask the Ethicist: Withholding a cancer diagnosis from the patient?

One of the ethical issues I get consulted about most frequently is when family members of a patient request that certain information be withheld...

Should health care providers report extremely obese children to child welfare agencies?

About a year ago there was a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association that sparked controversy by suggesting that in some...

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...

Ask the Ethicist: Declaring death prematurely? Responding to concerns about organ donation

In December, 2005, the Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation (CCDT) published a report entitled, “Public Awareness and Attitudes on Organ and Tissue Donation...

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...

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...

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...

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,”...

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...

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