Biomedical Ethics

The influence of healthcare policy on patient care by medical student Maya Firsowicz

A Baylor College of Medicine student wonders if our current culture and healthcare policies leads to physician behavior that is "not in the best interests of patients."

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Personal Prejudices in medicine by medical student Katherine French

A Baylor College of Medicine student acknowledges that each student brings their prejudices with them when they enter the medical profession. Failing to acknowledge and confront personal prejudices could have a detrimental effect on patient care as was the case in the Third Reich.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by medical student Varun Bora

Although I chose the title of this post, Baylor College of Medicine medical student Varun Bora wrote about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly medicine delivered by Nazi physicians. While we may be reluctant to accept this fact, the Nazi doctors were almost certainly the best in the world at the time, trained in the scientific educational method that was adopted by American medical schools. As stated in the essay, ".....in the educational setting and as a community as a whole, we should make it a priority to study both the good and bad of these physicians."

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Operation Paperclip, an essay by medical student Elizabeth Adams

Medical students taking my Healing by Killing: Medicine During the Third Reich elective often are uncomfortable with the moral compromises made by the US government after WWII in regards to the treatment of German scientists in general and physicians in particular. Here is one student's view of Operation Paperclip, which brought approximately 1600 German scientists to the United States.

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The Selective Memory of Bioethics by C. Cody Miller

Reflecting upon Nazi bioethical justifications for involuntary sterilization and euthanasia, for murderous medical experiments and, ultimately, the Holocaust, a second year medical student examines the response of the American bioethics community to these events.

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Harvard’s Eugenics Era

Thank you to CMATH Champion Jaime Romanowsky for pointing out the article with the above title published in the March-April 2016 issue of Harvard Magazine.

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