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Does Doctor Know Best? [electronic resource]

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A panel of medical experts discuss the ethics of doctor-patient relationships. Using the case of a young woman diagnosed as having cancer who subsequently becomes pregnant, the panelists discuss how much the patient should be told, who is in charge of selecting medical treatment, and whether doctors should allow their patients to commit suicide. Doctors from the National Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center discuss controversies created by modern medicine with C. Everett Koop, journalist Ellen Goodman, and others.
Online
1989
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The Human Experiment [electronic resource]

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C. Everett Koop is joined by Dr. Arnold Relman, editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and others, in a discussion of the ethics of medical research. The panelists consider how competition for prizes and profits may lead to secrecy and lack of cooperation, the possibility that some tests may harm volunteers, and the need to test new drugs balanced against the needs of people desperate for treatment.
Online
1989
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Is This Life Worth Living? [electronic resource]

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Through the personal experiences of three families, this documentary explores the ethical issues involved in sustaining the life of a severely brain damaged or comatose patient. It explores the plight of Patricia Brophy, who fought a legal battle for permission to remove her husband s feeding tube after he lapsed into a vegetative state. Then we meet the Barashes, who are emotionally and financially exhausted from caring for their helpless 12-year-old son. He was saved by heroic measures at birth, despite their wishes to the contrary. For another point of view we meet the Micros who will not give up on their brain damaged son after an accident in the Marine Corps. Our society is reluctantly allowing a mentally competent person to refuse life-lengthening measures. Who then should make [...]
Online
1989
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Mandy's Choice: A Bioethical Controversy

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Mandy and Josh were a happily married young couple, when their idyll was abruptly shattered. Josh was in a motorcycle accident which left him in a seven day coma with death imminent. Mandy, desperate to preserve her tie to her beloved husband, asked that his sperm be harvested so that she could have his child. As there was no written consent from Josh, the hospital refused. The family of both Mandy and Josh, as well as their friends, rallied to the cause, and with pressure on their behalf from the media, they were able to get this controversial issue resolved. Dr. Cappy Rothman, the first doctor to have harvested post mortem sperm (1978), subsequently founded the Cryobank in California to store sperm. With his help, Mandy's mission was accomplished. The film follows Mandy's in vitro [...]
Online
2007
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Last Rights

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Who decides how life ends? The patient? The family? The physician? The health care system? This is a compelling and deeply personal exploration of four families and their terminally-ill loved ones as they face death. It brings up a multitude of issues implicit in the individuals' option to hasten death when the dying process makes life unendurable. Last Rights explores medical, ethical, and political issues. We meet Scott Nelson, a physician in the Mississippi Delta whose father, Elbert Nelson, was diagnosed with kidney cancer; Julie McMurchie from Oregon whose mother, Peggy Sutherland, was just beginning to enjoy her life after divorce when lung cancer overtook her; Lennie Gladstone of the Washington, DC area whose beloved husband, Doug Gladstone, was diagnosed with liver cancer; an [...]
Online
2009
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Quality of Mercy

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Despite all the advances in pharmacology and pain research, many patients still suffer needlessly. The most shocking example is in pediatric surgery, where major procedures are sometimes executed without anaesthesia. The rationale is that newborns do not feel pain and that anaesthetics might harm seriously ill infants. As this film shows, both these assumptions are untrue. The taboo placed on street drugs affects attitudes towards narcotics for pain relief even though patients rarely become addicted. One adolescent relates how unrelieved pain after cancer surgery prevented her from exercising, contributing to a permanent disability. Research in burn treatment conducted by Dr. Samuel Perry of New York Hospital found that nitrous oxide provided the best pain relief and had no addictive [...]
Online
1989
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One Brief Life [electronic resource]: Baby L Case

During her eight weeks of life, Leaney Lavea-born prematurely and with medically insurmountable abnormalities-was dependent on machines to live. But were these machines prolonging her life, or were they merely delaying her death? This deeply moving program explores the ethical dilemma surrounding a case that began in a hospital and ended up in court. Interviews with Baby L's parents, the attending physician, the Laveas' legal counsel, and others trace the course of the battle between the parents and the hospital to assert their rights to do what they each believed was morally correct.
Online
2005; 1998
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Managing Care, Managing Death [electronic resource]

To decrease the suffering of terminally ill patients, some doctors routinely prescribe strong painkillers-medications that, in effect, actually hasten the patient's death. What distinguishes such treatment from physician-assisted suicide? This program discusses legislative initiatives designed to protect patients from "disguised euthanasia"-and addresses the volatile question of whether such laws are a threat to the professional judgment of doctors. Experts include Professor David Orenlicher, former counsel to the AMA; Dr. Zeke Emmanuel, of the NIH's Department of Clinical Bioethics; and Yale University's Dr. Sherwin Nuland, author of How We Die.
Online
2006; 1999
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Before I Die [electronic resource]: Medical Care and Personal Choices

In the drive to save lives, American medical technology prolongs the dying process for many, creating a number of end-of-life scenarios that have done much to rob death of its dignity and significance. This Fred Friendly Seminar, moderated by Harvard Law School's Arthur Miller, brings together a diverse group of panelists, including Yale professor Sherwin Nuland, author of How We Die; bioethicist Arthur Caplan, of the University of Pennsylvania; Rabbi Maurice Lamm, of Yeshiva University; and Anna Quindlen, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist. Together they confront medical and cultural issues such as advance directives, palliative care, physician-assisted suicide, the need to re-spiritualize the dying process, and the overall difficulty of discussing death.
Online
2006; 1997
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Walk in Our Shoes [electronic resource]: Speaking Out About Sterilization

This emotionally charged program filmed in Australia explores the ethics of whether, and in what circumstances, women and men with severe mental or physical disabilities should ever be sterilized. All parties involved desire a better quality of life for people who it is believed are incapable of fully comprehending and then acting on the issues for themselves. But is sterilization, performed in a person's perceived best interests, a humane or an inhuman way to try to achieve it? Candid interviews with parents, caregivers, members of the judiciary, and individuals with disabilities provide numerous angles on a topic that is as compelling as it is controversial.
Online
2006; 2003
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Abortion [electronic resource]: The Choice

While abortion will no doubt polarize our society for the foreseeable future, students can learn a great deal from the circumstances, anxieties, and life goals that surround the decision to end a pregnancy. This program presents a poignant and profoundly honest look at that decision through intimate discussions with young British women. Cheryl imagines other choices she might have made if her ex-boyfriend had remained with her. Carmel shares her college and career plans, insisting that she's not ready to bring a child into the world. Hannah describes undergoing a spiritual crisis, while Margaret's sense of relief contrasts sharply with Varria's feelings of grief and shame. An abortion counselor also shares insights.
Online
2010; 2008
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Restraint-Free Environments in the Long-Term-Care Setting [electronic resource]

Eliminating restraints from the nursing home environment is not an unattainable dream! This program outlines the components of a restraint-reduction plan: developing a team approach to resident safety; assessing needs and developing interventions based on each resident's presenting problem, behavioral triggers, and available resources; and working toward desired outcomes though regular evaluation of interventions and adjustment of the resident's care plan. The best restraint alternatives? Those that take into account the resident's weaknesses while focusing on the resident's strengths. Designated for 2 contact hours of continuing nursing education.
Online
2002
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Alzheimer's Disease for Assisted Living Facilities: Level 1 [electronic resource]

It takes a very special person to care for the Alzheimer's resident. This program-a must-see for health care workers in assisted living facilities-discusses causes of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias; symptoms and behaviors that accompany the stages of AD; strategies for coping with AD-related restlessness, agitation, and wandering; strategies for verbal and nonverbal communication with AD residents; family member guilt over placing a loved one with AD in an ALF; maintenance of a safe and engaging environment for AD residents; and ethical challenges faced by AD caregivers. Commentary by ALF professionals and family members provides additional depth...and poignancy. Extremely thorough! Meets the Florida Level I requirement for ALFs. Designated for 4 contact hours of continuin [...]
Online
2008
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The Right to Die [electronic resource]: Terri Schiavo

Her feeding tube removed, Terri Schiavo has passed away. Medically speaking, was she in a persistent vegetative state or a locked-in state? On that question hung Terri's fate for more than a decade. Was she alive in a meaningful sense? Her husband said no; her parents said yes. This ABC News program, broadcast at the time when Terri's case was brought before the Florida legislature and Governor Jeb Bush, gives background on the acrimonious battle of life and death in which Terri was a pawn and then analyzes the medical, ethical, and legal aspects of the precedent-setting case.
Online
2011; 2003
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Genetic Engineering [electronic resource]

It's one of the greatest breakthroughs in scientific history, but genetic engineering has also brought disturbing new questions. Should we push genetic research to its absolute limit, exploiting every discovery? What are the consequences of intervening in nature's processes at their most fundamental level? Outlining the potential benefits of genetic engineering, such as the treatment or cure of hereditary diseases and the creation of better, more efficient crops, this program also explores the moral dilemma over cloning and the controversy that surrounds stem-cell research. Viewers encounter both secular and religious perspectives in those debates-which will only acquire greater urgency as the scientific frontier advances.
Online
2011
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IVF [electronic resource]

Jokes about test-tube babies may have faded into pop-culture history, but today, even though in vitro fertilization has helped millions of people become parents, the technology still leads some cultural observers to question its methods, applications, and moral impact. IVF can be used to weed out hereditary diseases, but this ability to select embryos based on DNA testing also raises fears about choosing gender, hair color, eye color, and other aspects. Furthermore, what are the economic implications? Should IVF be affordable for everyone? This program shows how different countries have dealt with IVF-related controversies and looks at the often opposing stances which various religions take towards the procedure.
Online
2011
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Euthanasia [electronic resource]

If death comes without suffering, under the care of a physician and requested by an individual who desires peace and closure, what are the grounds for stopping it? This program investigates the various moral, religious, and philosophical perspectives surrounding euthanasia. Highlighting both pro and con arguments in the debate as it has taken shape in the United Kingdom, the video features such prominent figures as Lord Joel Joffe, who brought to Parliament a bill supporting assisted suicide, and Baroness Jane Campbell-a disabled peer who was at one time given a 'do not resuscitate' notice and who now strongly opposes euthanasia. A short dramatic segment provides context with an illuminating, emotionally charged narrative.
Online
2011
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India [electronic resource]: Toxic Trade-an Asbestos Nightmare

Unlike developed countries, most of which have banned asbestos products, India can't seem to get enough of the material. Disturbingly, India's chief supplier is a Western nation. Canada restricts asbestos consumption domestically, but its massive exports to India have breathed new life into the Canadian asbestos mining industry-and given vulnerable Indians the kiss of death. This program investigates, sifting through the forces of global commerce that are responsible and examining the impact on low-wage workers and poverty-stricken families. Viewers learn about the widespread use of asbestos as a cheap roofing material, steadily displacing safer options such as thatch, tiles, or steel-and how this demand for the substance meshes easily with corporate marketing tactics. India's lack o [...]
Online
2011
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Stem Cell Ethics [electronic resource]

Destroying embryos for research has always sparked heated ethical debates about when life begins and when the appropriate cost of scientific progress hits the ceiling. In this video clip, scientists explore whether new discoveries in stem cell research will finally see the opponents and the supporters peacefully unite. In what's been dubbed the stem cell breakthrough of the decade, Japanese scientists have discovered a new type of stem cell that could eliminate the need for using human embryos.
Online
2010