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Discussions in Bioethics

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DVD
2008; 1985
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Death of Nancy Cruzan

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The story of Nancy Cruzan's near fatal automobile accident and her family's three and one half year legal battle which became the first right-to-die case heard by the Supreme Court.
DVD
1992
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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One Brief Life

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"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..."--from video container.
DVD
2004; 1998
Clemons (Stacks)
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Hopkins 24/7: ABC News Special

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Groundbreaking six-part documentary series filmed at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, by crews using hand-held cameras around the clock over a 3 month period. The series graphically depicts modern medicine as practiced at the hospital recently voted best in America by US News & World report. Each broadcast consists of a series of interwoven stories featuring staff and patients, their triumphs, tragedies and everyday routines.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Deception

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Documents an ethical conflict between a nurse and a physician over telling an elderly patient that she has syphilis. Examines the issue of how to decide when deception is or is not morally justified.
Video U-MaticVHS
1988; 1986
Ivy (By Request)
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Is There an Ethicist in the House?: On the Cutting Edge of Bioethics

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Moreno, who has a Ph.D. but is not a medical doctor, related his personal experiences with medical ethics including the health issues of his mother and the terminal illness of his father. He read excerpts from his recent book, Is there an ethicist in the house. Among the issues he discussed are doctor/patient relationships, the amount of information a patient should be given concerning his/her medical condition, and the use of the word "doctor" for persons who are not actually medical doctors.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Cochlear Implants and the Deaf Community

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Lecture and panel discussion on cochlear implants.
VHS
2002
Ivy (By Request)
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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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Who Should Survive?: One of the Choices on Our Conscience

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A panel discusses the ethical, legal and scientific issues involved in the case of a mongoloid baby whose parents refused to grant permission for the necessary surgery to correct intestinal obstruction.
VHS
1972
Ivy (By Request)
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Bertha

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A young girl is labelled as mentally retarded, and for a period was denied the right to have children. A panel of professionals discuss her case.
VHS
1980; 1988
Ivy (By Request)
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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