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Maurice  Bernstein

Once a week or so, Dr. Bernstein offers a blog entry of varying interests, always in the world of bioethics.

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Patient Modesty: Volume 68
As I have previously noted on this long running thread, there appears to be a metamorphosis from repeated descriptions in various details of personal physical modesty experiences and injuries to more generalized conversations with a philosophical, et...
Bioethics Discussion Blog
Sunday, August 03, 2014

Patient Modesty: Volume 67
 So with Volume 66 reaching some 170 postings, we should move on to this Volume 67.  What is special on starting this new Volume is the fact that Artiger  joined us in Volume 66.  Artiger is a male physician (surge...
Bioethics Discussion Blog
Monday, July 14, 2014

"P in a Pod":(Physician Owned Distributorship): Physicians as Investors and Distributors in the Gadget Placed in Your Spine
If you have chronic back pain and your doctor refers you to an orthopedic surgeon who tells you that he or she can relieve the pain by inserting an appliance in your spine, there is a worry that the surgeon may be offering the surgery mainly for the ...
Bioethics Discussion Blog
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Can a Tree Experience Hurt?: If It Can, Do Ethics and Law Apply?
I was visiting a well known botanic garden in Southern California today, taking pictures of all the beautiful flowers when I saw this tree shown above in the pictures I took.  Honestly, what I saw, a tree apparently being pulled by straps ou...
Bioethics Discussion Blog
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Patient Modesty: Volume 66
 The inattention to patient physical modesty in the medical system is just one part of a whole system-wide issue of inattention to the patient.  A good example of such inattention in another area is that of the behavior of the medic...
Bioethics Discussion Blog
Monday, June 09, 2014

"This is Mine!": Property and Ethical Rights of Your Body by Yourself and Others
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality, 1754  wrote "The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said 'This is mine,' and found people na´ve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society."&am...
Bioethics Discussion Blog
Sunday, June 08, 2014

The Ethics of Delay: A Good or a Bad?
The following article I wrote for is reproduced here with permission.06/02/2014THE ETHICS OF DELAY: A GOOD OR A BAD?...
Bioethics Discussion Blog
Monday, June 02, 2014

Rejection of Life-Sustaining Emergency Treatment in a Hospital Emergency Room
Bioethics Discussion Blog
Monday, May 26, 2014

Instead of Handshake Hazard: Namaste, Salaam Gestures or Bumping Elbows?
Of course, we all teach our medical students from year 1 that the handshake with the patient is a  classic professional act to develop and preserve the doctor-patient relationship. The basis for teaching our students is that an initial hands...
Bioethics Discussion Blog
Saturday, May 24, 2014

Drug Screening of Physicians: Violations of Personal Privacy vs "Peace of Mind"
Yesterday, I received the following e-mail from Ed: "Dr Bernstein, as a retired USAF pilot and current airline pilot who has been subjected to random drug screening for my entire professional career, why aren't medical providers who have easy access ...
Bioethics Discussion Blog
Thursday, May 22, 2014

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