7 e-Letters

published between 2006 and 2009

  • Can surrogates provide consent?
    Partha Gangopadhyay

    The article “Medical paternalism in House M.D”. by M R Wicclair in Medical Humanities 2008;34:93-99 made for interesting reading. However there is one point which needs further clarification in the context of English Law. The author states “Informed consent—the principle that, except in emergency situations, medical interventions require the voluntary and informed consent of patients or their surrogates—is a core ethical...

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  • Wounded Healers
    Jacqueline L. Mosher

    Dear Editor: In the editorial written by Deborah Kirklin, "Lessons in Pity and Caring from Dickens to Melville" (Medical Humanities 34: 57 2008)I found it interesting and refreshing to read her perspective on the character Gregory House from the popular television series "House M.D." I have noticed many articles referencing paternalism and the popular television series "House," but Kirklin makes an interesting point th...

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  • Doctors as Nietzschean supermen?
    Colin Parker

    This response to T J Papadimos outlines some of the relevant elements in Nietzsche’s philosophy in order to develop its conclusions. We find that Papadimos’s attempt to illuminate the causes of litigation against doctors in America fails through misunderstanding the analysis of convention and the idea of the superman in Nietzsche’s thought.

    Papadimos’s perspective [1] is rather odd, he points out that ‘Medical...

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  • Is beauty only skin deep?
    Kenneth Hoekstra

    Dear Editor,

    In the article by Volandes titled Envying Cinderella and the future of medical enhancements (1), Medical Humanities 32: 73-76, 2006, the author highlights the ethical dilemma of providing medical enhancements for patients while corroding the moral priority that it has traditionally held as a profession, namely retaining a position of trust based on professional judgment and advocating for patient's...

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  • Indoctrination in the NHS
    Ruth V Reed

    As a student, I prided myself on having an independent and often controversial approach to a whole host of contemporary issues. I confess I looked down on those junior doctors a few years ahead of me who seemed to do nothing except work and bland activities such as ‘going to the gym’. Where was their activism, their passion? Surely I would be different, campaigning for change on issues that mattered most – the developing...

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  • Refusal to Abandon Identities
    Lynette Brown

    September 15, 2006

    The article "Motherhood versus patienthood: a conflict of identities" which appeared in the Journal of Medical Ethics in June 2006 moved me to make a personal commentary. The author successfully illustrated that cancer can take such control over a person's life that the new identity as a patient can conflict with previously defined roles. My diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2001 generated mu...

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  • Hello
    Mayowa M.A Olusunmade

    I went through your article and I must tell you that I'm amazed at how true most if not all of the things you said about being a medical student are. I am a 3rd year medical student in the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and I just finished my Part I MBBS exams which my room-mate and best friend flunked. i just searched google for 'how to survive medical school' when I came across your letter and while reading it, i rememb...

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