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 stateme...

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Oklahoma Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Criminalize Performing Abortions

NPR, May 20, 2016
by Rachel Hubbard

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a controversial abortion bill Friday. The measure would have made...

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It’s Not Against The Law For Doctors To Ask Patients About Guns, A New Report Concludes

Forbes, May 17, 2016
by Rita Rubin

When it comes to patients and firearms ownership, there’s no “don’t ask, don&rsqu...

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Much of World Suffers Not From Abuse of Painkillers, but Absence of Them

New York Times, May 17, 2016
by Rick Gladstone

While Americans are confronting an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, particularly for addic...

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Study of Telemedicine Finds Misdiagnoses of Skin Problems:

Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2016
by Melinda Beck

[...] Direct-to-consumer telemedicine services have exploded in recent years, with more than o...

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Doctor-Device Deals Need Scrutiny, Report Says:

Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2016
by Stephanie Armour

This article is behind a paywall. Harvard affiliates can access the full text via Hollis +.


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‘Unacceptable’ that families ‘not told of resuscitation plans’

BBC News, May 2, 2016

Medical staff have placed "do not resuscitate" orders on thousands of patients in England without t...

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More People Seek Genetic Testing, But There Aren’t Enough Counselors

NPR, April 18, 2016
by Todd Bookman

[...] Genetic testing can help diagnose a disease and estimate your future risks, based on DNA. It...

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Harvard Medical School’s 2016 Bioethics Conference:
Social Justice and Ethics Committees in Health Care: Core to our Mission or None of our Business?

Thursday, April 14, 2016 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA

Couldn't make it to the conference? Join the conversation on Twitter using #HMSABC!



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Most Doctors Unsure How to Discuss End-of-Life Care, Survey Says

Kaiser Health News, April 14, 2016
by Barbara Feder Ostrov

Doctors know it’s important to talk with their patients about end-of-life care.

But they&rsq...

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Brazilian Doctor Crafts System Hailed As ‘Way Forward’ For Combating Zika

NPR, April 10, 2016
by Lourdes Garcia-Navarro

In Brazil, one of the biggest challenges to dealing with the Zika crisis is logistics.

The South A...

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Abortion Providers In Utah Adapt To New Anesthesia Requirement

NPR, April 7, 2016
by Andrea Smardon

In Utah, a doctor performing an abortion will soon have to administer anesthesia after 20 weeks of...

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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 Affair...

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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 oft...

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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 a...

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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 pat...

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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 c...

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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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Neuroethics Seminar: Busting Clots on Your Behalf?
The Ethics of Presumed Consent to Thrombolytics in Acute Stroke

Thursday, November 05, 2015 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Tosteson Medical Education Center Amphitheatre
Harvard Medical School, 260 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA

Event Description

You've just suffered a large stroke, and are unable to communicate. Your doc...

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2015 Annual Conference
Law, Religion, and Health in America

Saturday, May 09, 2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East BC
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Join the conversation on Twitter! @PetrieFlom #lawreligionhealth

To request copies of se...

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After Hobby Lobby:
What Is Caesar's, What Is God's?

Thursday, May 07, 2015 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East BC
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Couldn't join us in person? Join the conversation on Twitter! @PetrieFlom #lawreligionhealth


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ReSourcing Big Data

Harvard Catalyst, March 2015

March 23: Symposium


Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
Harvard Medical School


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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 f...

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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 practi...

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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 h...

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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 allowi...

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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 recen...

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Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course


Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course
Harvard Medical School

Deadline: June 17, 2014

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

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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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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 throug...

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2014 Annual Conference:
Behavioral Economics, Law, and Health Policy

Saturday, May 03, 2014
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East ABC
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Couldn't join us in person at Harvard Law School? Join the conversation on Twitter using #...

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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, s...

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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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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 propose...

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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 healt...

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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 consc...

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Conscientious Objection in Medicine

by Julian Savelescu

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

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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 w...

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

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