The following essay was the first-prize winner of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education’s 2014 Dr. Kuo York and M. Noelle Chynn Undergraduate Prize in Ethics, an essay competition to stimulate self-examination about concepts of ethics and morality encountered personally or as a concerned member of society. The Chynn Prize is funded by the Chynn Family Foundation.
By: Michael Menconi
Patient names have been changed to ensure confidentiality and protect privacy.
A bed in the hospital in Colombia. Photo by Michael Menconi
Healthcare professionals often refer to their careers in medicine as a life purpose—their “calling” is to treat the sick, mend the injured, comfort the vulnerable, and instill courage in those who have lost all hope. Doctors have a moral, ethical, and professional obligation—or perhaps duty—to do no harm and perform acts of healing, both of which were fundamental virtues established by the Hippocratic Oath over five centuries ago. For a field with such an extensive, prolific history of emphasizing compassion and care for those in need, it is expected (and often assumed) that healthcare providers treat every patient with a fundamental respect for the human condition, unwavering empathy, and superior levels of social and cultural competency.
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Tagged Bioethics, Chynn Family Foundation, Chynn Prize, Colombia, Compassion, Drug use, Drug-addicted individuals, Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medicine, Fordham University, Fordham University Student Voices, Health disparities, Healthcare, Hospital, Medical ethics, Philippe Burgois
Players of the ”L’Etoile de Guinee” football team poses with a sign reading ”Stop to the ebola epidemic” prior to a football tournament gathering youth from Guinea near the Koumassi sports center in Abidjan on August 10, 2014. West Africa was counting the cost of measures to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic on August 10, as unprecedented restrictions caused snarled transport, food shortages and soaring prices. Photo credit: SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images
As the world comes to terms with the recent Ebola outbreak, several ethical questions have arisen, many of which relate to the distributions of Ebola vaccines, and who should be given priority.
Was it ethical for the two American missionaries to receive treatment for Ebola ahead of the local Liberian population?
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Tagged Africa, Bioethics, Celia B. Fisher, Christian, Ebola, Ethics, Liberia, Missionaries, Morality, vaccine trials, Vaccines
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The Friday, July 11th episode of the PBS News Hour featured a presentation on the young child from Mississippi who had been treated with early and unusually aggressive drug treatment after birth and then was seemingly virus-free for two years.
However, official just announced that the girl, now almost 4 years old, tested positive for HIV during a follow-up appointment last week. When asked about the trial that was to begin, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases emphasized the need to be ethical in the design of the study.
Please visit the PBS News Hour website for a video and full transcript of the program.
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Tagged Anthony Fauci, Ethics, HIV, HIV research, Mississippi, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIAID, PBS, Research Ethics, Research on Children