Measles, Medicine, and Modern Ethics

The ongoing news reports of measles outbreaks in the United States and my concurrent readings for a course in Theories of Justice has gotten me thinking. A lot. I’m thinking about the undoing of medical progress and the unfortunate damage done by the┬ánow debunked Lancet study about a purported link between the MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) vaccine…

The Dangers of Uninformed Autonomy

“There is a dignity in dying that doctors should not dare to deny.” [ Anonymous] Today, a patient I have been helping to take care of died. I and the medical team knew that she would die soon, but for the past 18 days, we have been sticking little bandaids on various components of her…