Rahsaan Thomas writes: “I have complained about my slowly worsening health issues since 2003. With every new symptom, I file a request to see the doctor and jump through hoops to get an appointment. At least seven of them have said the same thing: I’m healthy. I don’t believe it, though, because I don’t trust the system to care about the quality of life of a man convicted of murder.”

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Conscious machines would also raise troubling legal and ethical problems. Would a conscious machine be a “person” under law and be liable if its actions hurt someone, or if something goes wrong? To think of a more frightening scenario, might these machines rebel against humans and wish to eliminate us altogether? If yes, they represent the culmination of evolution

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A common belief is that opioid addiction often begins with a single prescription from a doctor: Patients seek relief from some minor problem like a toothache or back pain, leave with a prescription, and wind up hooked. But there’s not much actual evidence tying doctors’ prescription patterns with individual patients’ long-term use of opioids or complications caused by the drugs later on

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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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What if, in addition to an ethical duty to do what we feel is best, we also had an ethical duty to recommend the most cost-effective care?

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Philosopher Eric Schwitzgebel argues that conscious machines would deserve special moral consideration akin to our own children

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(Video) Prof. Tom Beauchamp, PhD, of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, discusses the legislative history and ethics of the right to die and physician assistance in the United States

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Johns Hopkins bioethicists lead a call to reform the ethical foundation of the changing American healthcare system

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