Tag Archives: Ethics

Pointing Towards Virtue

The 2017-18 year is underway, and this is usually the time for orientations, “boot camps”, links to useful resources, etc. I have some some of the last queued up for soon-to-follow posts, but first wanted to address a deeper matter. … Continue reading

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Quick Followup on Torture

A few years ago, I posted an essay about the medical and psychological, professions’ involvement in torture, particularly of detainees in the war on terror, and my own possible light brush with that world. Last week the New York Times ran … Continue reading

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Nevada, Brain Death, and the AAN Guidelines–part 2

The last post discussed the first concern that the Nevada supreme court had regarding the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) guidelines on brain death–that they may not qualify as an “accepted medical standard” as required by the Uniform Determination of … Continue reading

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Medical Cannabis

Welcome to our new residents and new subscribers–our tiny community grew by 3 people this past week–a record! Medical cannabis1I use the term “cannabis” instead of “marijuana” because of the latter’s xenophobic and racist associations. might seem to be an odd … Continue reading

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Endovascular Breakthrough*

By now, most interested people are well-aware of the MR CLEAN results; if not, you can read the article here. Following are just a few thoughts and observations: One thing that caught my eye is that the absolute difference between endovascular therapy and conservative … Continue reading

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The Perils of Venture Capital Funding for Clinical Research

When I was a stroke fellow, UCSD was the coordinating center for a multicenter trial of a promising device called NeuroThera, made by a local company called PhotoThera. NeuroThera was kind of like an ultrasound machine, except that instead of insonating … Continue reading

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Legal Matters: Clinical Trial Data and Sports Concussion

Some of the UW residents may recall that we are part of the Insulin Resistance Intervention after Ischemic Stroke (IRIS) trial, a randomized study of pioglitazone vs. placebo for non-diabetic patients who have insulin resistance. (We’re not recruiting anymore, but … Continue reading

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Update: Neurology and the Law

The idea that mental illness has an organic basis is not new, by the way. It’s just taken a long time for the idea to catch on. Here’s Plato in Timaeus: The truth is that the intemperance of love is … Continue reading

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Neurology and the Law

A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times ran an article offering Rochelle Sterling’s perspective on the racist statements made by her husband Donald, owner of the L.A. Clippers. I haven’t followed this story closely, but the essence is that Mr. Sterling’s girlfriend … Continue reading

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Don’t be Complicit in Torture

A few years ago, my best friend was getting married. I knew his fiancé well–they had been dating for 9 or 10 years(!) In all that time, I had never met her father. He and his wife had been divorced, … Continue reading

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