Religion, Medicine, and Law: Can Current Conflicts Be Healed?

Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School

2016 George W. Gay Lectur


Religion, Medicine, and Law: Can Current Conflicts Be Healed


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Why Do Obese Patients Get Worse Care?

New York Times, September 25, 2016
by Gina Kolata

[...] One in three Americans is obese, a rate that has been steadily growing for more than two decad...

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Social Media Use in Research Recruitment:

Petrie-Flom Center / Harvard Catalyst, September 21, 2016
by Luke Gelinas (Petrie-Flom/Harvard Catalyst Fellow in Clinical Research Ethics)

>Cross-posted at the Petrie-Flom Center's blog ;Bill of Health


Imagine this scenario: you a...

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Want A BRCA Test?

NPR, September 14, 2016
by Michelle Andrews

Health care providers and insurers agree that it's in everyone's best interest to refer wome...

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Federal Survey Finds 119 Million Americans Use Prescription Drugs

NPR, September 8, 2016
by Richard Harris

Nearly half of all Americans over the age of 12 take prescription pain relievers, tranquilizers, sed...

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PFC Spotlight: Student Fellow Alumnus Neel Shah

Petrie-Flom Center, September 8, 2016

>Dr. Neel Shah was a Student Fellow for the 2007-2008 academic year, while in his third year at Harva...

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Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics:

Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2016 (forthcoming)
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), and Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow alumnus), eds.

>Pre-order the book ;here


Abstract of the Introduction: 


This introductory chapter to the...

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From Medical Experimentation to Non-Medical Experimentation:

Charles Fried, Medical Experimentation: Personal Integrity and Social Policy, New Edition (Oxford University Press), May 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and D. James Greiner

First published in 1974, Charles Fried's ;Medical Experimentation ;is a classic statemen...

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The Patient-Physician Relationship

American Medical Association

This is a report by the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs...

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Legal Issues for Physicians

The American Medical Association

This section of the American Medical Association website addresses some basic legal issues that ofte...

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When Is a Patient-Physician Relationship Established?

AMA Virtual Mentor
by Valerie Blake

A list of key cases that have helped define the physician-patient relationship generally, as well as...

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Public Health Law Map: The Physician-Patient Relationship

LSU Law Center

This site includes information about physician duties to their patients and how those duties can be...

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Legal Issues in Health Care: The Physician-Patient Relationship

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

A basic primer on the doctor-patient relationship, including creation, duties, and termination.

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Four Models of the Physician-Patient Relationship

by Ezekiel J. Emanuel & Linda L. Emanuel

This article outlines four models to conceptualize the basic relationship between physician and pati...

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Patients and Doctors: The Evolution of a Relationship

New England Journal of Medicine
by Robert Truog

This article outlines issues in the evolving doctor-patient relationship with respect to clinical ca...

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Medical Ethics Manual – Physicians and Patients

World Medical Association

Ethics manual introducing some of the key issues faced by physicians in their daily practice.

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Untangling the Web — Patients, Doctors, and the Internet

New England Journal of Medicine, March 2010
by Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman

Describes changes in the doctor-patient relationship that have arisen in the Internet age.

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ReSourcing Big Data

Harvard Catalyst, March 2015

March 23: Symposiu




Joseph B. Martin Conference Cente
r Harvard Medical Schoo

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Houston doctor sued for trading prescriptions for sex

Houston Chronicle, December 12, 2014
by St. John Barned-Smith, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Legal experts who specialize in medical ethics said the allegations and actions captured on fi...

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Some Insurance Companies Ask Their Customers to Cross the Border for Care:

New Republic, July 7, 2014
by Adam Teicholz and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new piece in ;New Republic ;on the practic...

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What Ethicists Should Know about the Law

Harvard Medical School, June 19, 2014
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

On Thursday, June 19, Petrie-Flom Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch will speak on "What...

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Doctors pushed to reject role in executions

"The Rachel Maddow Show," MSNBC, June 17, 2014
by Rachel Maddow, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director ;I. Glenn Cohen appeared on ;The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss hi...

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Direct-to-Patient Laboratory Test Reporting:

JAMA, June 16, 2014
by Michael J. Young, MPhil (Petrie-Flom Student Fellow); Ethan Scheinberg, BTL; Harold Bursztajn, MD

In February 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a landmark ruling allowin...

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Doctors assist in executions despite ethics rules

LA Times, May 21, 2014
by Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Seth Klamann, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] A group of legal experts called the Death Penalty Committee of the Constitution Project recent...

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Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course
Harvard Medical School

Deadline: June 17, 2014

Petrie-Flom Executive Director ;Holly Fernandez Lync;will speak on Thursday, June 19, on "...

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Physicians, Medical Ethics, and Execution by Lethal Injection

JAMA, May 19, 2014
by Robert D. Truog, MD; I. Glenn Cohen, JD (Faculty Director); Mark A. Rockoff, MD

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has coauthored a new opinion piece now available through...

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An Empirical Method for Materiality:

American Journal of Law and Medicine, Forthcoming, 2014
by Roy G. Spece Jr., David V. Yokum, Andrea-Gale Okoro, and Christopher T. Robertson (Petrie-Flom Affiliated Faculty; Former Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow)

>Abstract: ;The law has long been concerned with the agency problems that arise when advisors, su... Read More

Conflicts in Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise

MIT Press
by Holly Fernandez Lynch

This book analyzes the issues surrounding conscience clauses in the health care setting and proposes...

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Legal Briefing: Conscience Clauses and Conscientious Refusal

Journal of Clinical Ethics
by Thaddeus Mason Pope

This article gives an overview of legal developments pertaining to conscientious objection in health...

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Conscience Clauses, Health Care Providers, and Parents

The Hastings Center
by Nancy Berlinger

This chapter outlines some key issues that arise when health care providers and parents lodge consci...

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Conscientious Objection in Medicine

by Julian Savelescu

This article outlines several arguments for and against permitting conscientious objection by medica...

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Religion, Conscience, and Controversial Clinical Practices

by Farr A. Curlin et al.

This article summarizes a study of physicians’ views on conscientious objection in the United...

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Women’s Preventive Services Coverage and Non-Profit Religious Organizations

The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

This website provides information about contraceptives coverage under the Affordable Care Act, as we...

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Legal Issues in Health Care: The Physician-Patient Relationship

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

A basic primer on the doctor-patient relationship, including creation, duties, and termination.

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HLS Event Opens Dialogue on Role of Race in Healthcare

The Harvard Crimson, Sept. 18, 2013
by Andrew Ma

Harvard Crimson coverage of the Petrie-Flom Center's September 17, 2013, panel discussion,...

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Patient Discrimination against Medical Personnel

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall 3019, Harvard Law School
1585 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA
Watch Event Recordings

We don't stand for doctors discriminating against patients on the basis of race, but what about...

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Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care

Friday, February 27, 2009
Lectures and Panels
Watch Event Recordings

On the occasion of publication of a new book on physician conscience clauses written by Holly F...

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