Doctors Must Do More

January 10, 2017

After his harrowing opioid experience, Hopkins bioethicist Travis Rieder says doctors must do more to help patients through withdrawal

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— and for earlier treatment. Pediatrician Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy uses a stethoscope and otoscope, of course. But running a clinic for transgender youth means her pediatric medical supplies also include a selection of silicone penises and chest-flattening binders

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“We’re in a state of never-ending emergency within an emergency,” says Hazem Rihawi, a lead NGO coordinator on the Turkish-Syrian border, who liaises between aid organizations and tries to identify where medical supplies are most needed. “We don’t have the resources for sophisticated surgery and treatment, so we’re pushing for [doctors] to use what you have.”

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As some of the most vulnerable people in Aleppo were moved from a former old-people’s home near the city’s front line on Wednesday, a Red Cross doctor involved in their evacuation sent the BBC this letter

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Martha Henriques finds out what it’s like growing up intersex and meets the people fighting to improve intersex rights

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Pediatricians sometimes find ourselves holding small children down and treating them against their will. When cleaning the wax out of a toddler’s ear, for example, to see if there’s an infection, we don’t ask the child’s opinion

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Dhruv Khullar, “Despite tremendous advances in health care, most medicine still occurs in a gray zone: There aren’t right or wrong answers, but rather a continuum of risks and benefits”

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Doctors and parents sometimes disagree about a child’s medical treatment. As the recent case of six-year-old boy Oshin Kiszko highlights, some disagreements between doctors and parents can’t be resolved by further information and discussion

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