Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Ethics Articles



General Medical Ethics

Kidneys for Sale
Balancing the value we place on preventing death and alleviating suffering, and the value we place on respect for human dignity
Claire Andre and Manuel Velasquez
Kidneys for Sale: A Reconsideration
Ethical issues in a market for human organs
Miriam Schulman
Unavoidable Dilemmas in Bioscience
Center Bioethics Director McLean raises top ethical problems facing scientists and offers a framework for addressing them.
Margaret R. McLean
Don't Take Your Organs to Heaven
An analysis of the ethical issues in organ donation
Margaret R. McLean
Steroids and Sports: The Ethics of Winning
Steroid use by athletes is a form of cheating.
Michael Dillingham
Women Speak for Themselves: Conscience and the New Catholic Feminism
Summary of a talk by Helen Alvare, professor of law at George Mason University, on the controversy between the HHS contraceptive coverage mandate and appeals to stop the mandate in the name of religious freedom and conscience.
Brian Green
Children as Patients: Fairness in Organ Transplantation
The case of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan raises questions about the process for determining who should get scarce organs for transplant.
Ryan Holmes
10 Milligrams (video)
Prize winning video on the use of study drugs on college campuses. From The Big Q contest for films on student ethics
Nicole Grazioli, Tara Khalilnaji, Jen LaPonte
Media's Effects on Body Image (video)
Commercials, movies, impact body image for students. Entry in The Big Q contest for films on student ethics
Kathryn Klein, Caitlin Whalen, Kristina Woodcock
Evolving Vaccine Trials: Adaptive Informed Consent in the Global Context
Challenges of insuring that participants in the developing world understand clinical trials and consent freely
Brenda Everling
Thinking Ethically About MRSA
A set of materials on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus for high school and college coaches, trainers, and athletic directors
MRSA: Best Ethical Practices (pdf)
Core ethical concerns for prevention and management of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Margaret R. McLean
Organ Transplantation: Protecting Donor Dignity
An exploration of organ transplantation after cardiac death
Margaret R. McLean
Perspectives on Cognitive Enhancement
Hank Greely, professor of law at Stanford University, and the Emerging Issues Group at the Ethics Center look at the ethics of taking brain-boosting drugs.
Dignity of Being Human
An exploration of Catholic approaches to artificial nutrition and hydration (in "Health Progress).
Gerald D. Coleman, SS; Margaret R. McLean; Joan Ma
Culturally Competent Care for Latino Patients: Introduction
An introduction to Culturally Competent Care for Latino Patients
Karen Peterson-Iyer
Conflicts in Physician-Patient Relationships
Chair of the President's Council on Bioethics Edmund Pellegrino discusses the conflicts that can arise between patient autonomy and the personal beliefs of doctors, nurses, and pharmacists
Miriam Schulman
Reflections on Research Ethics
The editor of Science magazine and president emeritus of Stanford University discusses issues confronting universities and journals.
Donald Kennedy
Medical Ethics Meets Organizational Ethics
Lessons from both clinical and business ethics apply in a hospital context.
'G' Is for Genes and Genomes
Genetic testing poses ethical problems for individuals who may learn they have an illness for which there is no treatment.
Margaret R. McLean
'H' Is for Heredity and Huntington's
An introduction to the ethics of genetic counseling and genetic testing.
Margaret R. McLean
'I' Is for Information
an introduction to confidentiality and informed consent.
By Margaret R. McLean
'C' Is for Compassionate and Caring Community
An introduction to the virtue of compassion in a health care context.
Margaret R. McLean
'E' Is for Everyday Ethics
While the big issues like cloning or end-of-life treatment may catch the headlines, we deal with important ethical issues every day.
Margaret R. McLean
'F' Is for the Future
A discussion of consequences as an approach to ethics in a health care context
Margaret R. McLean
Xenotransplantation: Weighing Individual Benefit and Risks to the Public
Welcome to the world of xenotransplantation, where healthy animal organs are swapped for failing human organs.
Margaret R. McLean
Friends don't let friends starve themselves
A student reflects on the ethical duties to friends who have eating disorders.
Meg Parker
Should Violent Felons Receive Organ Transplants?
Reflection on the decision to grant a California prisoner a heart transplant.
David Perry
Healing The Wounds that Never Heal
A medical researcher struggles with access to experimental procedures for patients with Epidermolysis Bullosa.
Alfred Lane, M.D.
'A' is for Autonomy
A brief definition of autonomy as viewed in the context of medical ethics.
Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D.
'B' is for Beneficience (and Baseball)
A brief description of beneficence in a medial context.
Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D.
Are you Lost or Something?
A discussion of virtues in a hospital context.
Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D.
Memories
In ethics, how we decide is just as important as what we decide
Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D.