Awakening from PVS or revealing medical mistakes: on re-writing and re-reading textbooks – by Professor Grant Gillett

We are at the moment confronted with yet another case of apparent “wakening” from Persistent Vegetative State (PVS), prompting one commentator to claim that “We will have to re-write the medical textbooks” (for story, see here). I would like to suggest that it might be better to recommend reading the medical textbooks first. PVS is […]

Medecins Avec Frontieres: Doctors With Borders and Medical Protectionism in New Zealand

Medecins Avec Frontieres: Doctors With Borders and Medical Protectionism in New Zealand As a New Zealand medical undergraduate, I am constantly reminded of the coming ‘tidal wave’ of Australian medical graduates by both student and professional medical organisations. In short, there are too many Australian doctors being trained, for too few Australian jobs. The situation […]

Did geneticists really breach an ethical taboo? A comment by Rob Cole

[On Octobe 24, 2012 Rob Stein blogged this ‘Geneticists Breach Ethical Taboo by Changing Genes Across Generations‘ on The article begins: Geneticist reported Wednesday that they had crossed a threshold long considered off-limits: They have made changes in human DNA that can be passed down from one generation to the next. The article goes […]

Must’ve been ‘that time of the month’ for her to cast that vote

Apparently there is a study coming out in a peer-reviewed journal that questions whether women’s hormones play a part in their voting preferences.  A journalist at CNN decided to run a story about this.  You can read more about it here, here, and here. After causing outrage the story has been retracted. The gist of […]

Young women, don’t drink because it’s high in calories: Is this the right message? – Stacey Broom

According to this article, A labour MP in New Zealand has argued that if young women knew how many calories there were in alcoholic drinks they might think twice before getting drunk. I’m not sure how I feel about this.  In New Zealand we don’t have a particularly healthy attitude to drinking.  That is just […]

Hypothetical STD Registry – A thought experiment by a bioethics student

This is an excerpt of a bioethics student’s paper submitted as a coursework assignment. They were kind enough allow it to be published on this blog. Hopefully it will generate some constructive feedback.   Imagine a situation whereby a law was passed that required all STD’s to be registered and put on an open source […]

The role of Bioethics in Rehumanising Medicine? A comment from a bioethics postgrad

I was reading this article, which is essentially about how to keep the ‘human element’ central in the practice of medicine, especially amidst all the technological advances that have been gained from reductionist methodologies. It puts this in a historical context starting from about the end of the 19th century, the rough time at which the author reports that biomedical science really began […]