Tag: medical ethics

  • Should moral judgments enter into medical decisions?

    By Daniel Tippens This is third in the series that began with Dan Tippens’ “A short note on the ethics of liver transplantation” and is a reply to Dan Kaufman’s “Moral judgment and medical resource scarcity.” Dan Kaufman provided some very important insights into the discussion regarding the ethics of organ scarcity, and I am…

  • A short note on the ethics of liver transplantation

    By Daniel Tippens This is the first of what will be several rounds of dialogue between Dan Kaufman and Dan Tippens on “moralizing medicine.”  As in a real conversation, each entry will consist of relatively short bursts of points and counterpoints that not only will keep the exchange moving, but will leave room for development…

  • Alive but Suffering: Palliative Care and Cancer

    By Daniel Tippens There is an age-old philosophical question that dates back to the ancient Greeks: Is it better to live longer, or to live shorter with a higher quality of life? To be clear, agreeing with the first position doesn’t mean you don’t care about quality of life, it just means that you value…