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Insert Comma • A Portfolio of Leigh E. Rich
Categories: Books, Editorials, Ethics, Health, Media, Politics, Science, Social Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Prestidigitation vs. public trust

Or how we can learn to change the conversation and prevent powers from “organizing the discontent” By Leigh E. Rich When Drs. Silvia Camporesi, Mark Davis, and Maria Vaccarella (2017) approached the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry about a symposium on “Public Trust in Expert Knowledge” as well as a panel session at the October 2016 […]

Categories: Editorials, Ethics, Media, Politics, Social Science, Television, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Thirty years yet miles of the medium-metaphor to go

Jon Stewart, Neil Postman, and “understanding the politics and epistemology of media” By Leigh E. Rich Right after completing my doctorate, I took a job as a political reporter. The pay was lousy, the position had little to do with the health sciences, and the newspaper, though respected, wasn’t big enough to compete with the […]

Categories: Editorials, Ethics, Health, Humor, Media, Politics, Social Science, Television, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on “Can a company be bitchy?”

Corporate (and political and scientific) social responsibility By Leigh E. Rich and Michael A. Ashby PHIL: Oh, God, Lem. You’re using science for no good. We took an oath we would try to do that less (Better Off Ted 2009a, “Bioshuffle,” episode 109). The American sitcom Better Off Ted (whose second and final season was […]

Categories: Ethics, Health, Politics, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Medical errors and apologies

Should health care providers be forced to apologise after things go wrong? By Stuart McLennan, Simon Walker, and Leigh E. Rich The issue of apologising to patients harmed by adverse events has been a subject of interest and debate within medicine, politics, and the law since the early 1980s. Although apology serves several important social […]

Categories: Editorials, Ethics, Health, Media, Politics, Social Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Crime and punishment, rehabilitation or revenge

Bioethics for prisoners? By Leigh E. Rich and Michael A. Ashby With some exceptions, it appears that the non-incarcerated world spends little time, if any at all, thinking about how prisoners are treated, whether during detainment or incarceration, after release, or when being put to state-sanctioned death. Of course, in part this is understandable, as […]

Categories: Ethics, Health, Politics, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Apologies in medicine

Legal protection is not enough By Stuart McLennan, Leigh E. Rich, and Robert D. Truog There has been an important shift toward openness regarding adverse events and their communication to patients. Recent research suggests that saying sorry is a key element of successful disclosure practice. However, fear of legal action has been identified as a […]

Categories: Ethics, Health, Politics, Social Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on HIV/AIDS among Brazil’s prison populations

Significant political, public health, and human rights implications for failing to provide prisoners with adequate care By Leigh E. Rich and José de Arimatéia da Cruz There are significant ethical, public health, and human rights implications for failing to provide detainees and prisoners with adequate safety and health care, particularly with regard to infectious diseases […]

Categories: Ethics, Health, Politics, Social Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Competing imperatives?

Moral and public health duties of preventing and treating infectious disease in prisons By José de Arimatéia da Cruz and Leigh E. Rich An Unjust Burden “Prisoners go to jail to be punished for offending society and not to get infectious diseases” (Simooya 2010, 33), yet communicable disease rates among prisoners and detainees are consistently […]

Categories: Books, History, Politics, Religion, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Scientology as case study

What the ethical and legal history of Scientology can teach us about religion By Leigh E. Rich Though in many ways still shrouded in secrecy, Scientology could be said to be one of the most “accessible” religions in the world—that is, in terms of documenting and understanding its origins. Part of this has to do with its young age, […]

Categories: Editorials, Ethics, Feminism, Politics, Social Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Real dialogue needed on rape

Rep. Todd Akin’s comments a missed opportunity for cultural and ethical debate By Leigh E. Rich These days, one has to feel some sympathy for politicians, political candidates, celebrities and others in the public eye. Modern media technologies and the proliferation of communication channels have created something of a Panopticon, where the relative ease of […]

Categories: Ethics, Health, History, Media, Politics, Television, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Heidegger and “House”

The twofold task in working out the question of American medicine By Leigh E. Rich and Jack Simmons “To the things themselves!” — Martin Heidegger, Sein und Zeit, 1927 “How can I tell what’s real and what’s not?” — Dr. Gregory House, “No Reason,” episode no. 224, May 23, 2006 In 1927, Martin Heidegger published […]

Categories: Elections, Politics, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Local voters weigh in on Obama victory

The 2008 presidential election in Savannah By Leigh E. Rich If the local election-watching parties were any indication, the 2008 U.S. presidential election held few surprises for Savannahians. Civility dominated the low-key atmosphere at The Mulberry Inn on Bay Street, where Chatham County Republicans waited for results. A small but hopeful crowd gathered in the […]