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Insert Comma • A Portfolio of Leigh E. Rich
Categories: Art, Editorials, Ethics, Film, Health, Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Art, (in)visibility, and Ebola

“What are the consequences of a digitally-created society in the psyche of the global community?” By Leigh E. Rich, Michael A. Ashby, and David M. Shaw [V]isibility is central to the shaping of political, medical, and socioeconomic decisions. Who will be treated—how and where—are the central questions whose answers are often entwined with issues of […]

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: Books, Editorials, Ethics, Social Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Government of the people, by the people, for the people

Bioethics, literature, and method By Michael A. Ashby and Leigh E. Rich Why do we listen to songs and watch soap operas, and some of us even try to read poetry? Why do we love stories, joke about serious issues, and listen in on other people’s conversations? Why are we sad when a good book […]

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: Editorials, Ethics, Film, History, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Two Deaths and a Birth

Reminiscing and rehashing principles in biomedical ethics By Michael A. Ashby and Leigh E. Rich Two anniversaries and one notable death have been observed in the last two months of 2013: the 50th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, the centenary of the birth of French Algerian Nobel Prize-winning author and […]

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: Editorials, Ethics, Theater, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on “As flies to wanton boys”

Dilemmas and dodging in the field of nonhuman animal ethics By Michael A. Ashby and Leigh E. Rich On a daily basis, one of us (MA) drives around the Australian state of Tasmania where the “roadkill” bodies of native animals can be found everywhere, adding up to hundreds of thousands every year. Clearly, if these […]

Categories: Editorials, Ethics, Feminism, Health, Media, Theater, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on “Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say”

Moral distress and bioethics By Leigh E. Rich and Michael A. Ashby At the tragic end of Shakespeare’s King Lear, Edgar, the son of the Earl of Gloucester, clearly sides with the emotions as he laments the state of the king and his kingdom: “The weight of this sad time we must obey,/Speak what we […]

Categories: Editorials, Ethics, Film, Health, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Eating people is wrong

Or how we decide morally what to eat By Michael A. Ashby and Leigh E. Rich Though from opposite sides of the world and of different genders, religious backgrounds, and professional disciplines (but not necessarily scholarly orientations), we both grew up being fed tales of cannibalism. For one of us (LER), born and raised in […]

Categories: Editorials, Ethics, Health, Social Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on From personal misfortune to public liability

The ethics, limits, and politics of public health saving ourselves from ourselves By Leigh E. Rich and Michael A. Ashby The tension between a notion of the “common good” and individual liberty is one that political theory knows well. Indeed much of human political history is written around this central theme. In health matters, for […]