AMA Journal of Ethics. December 2016
This month in Journal of Ethics
Ethics in Neuropsychology
Neuropsychology considers the brain to be a critical substrate of the mind. A patient with dementia, for example, might fear the loss of self and experience deep-seated anxiety. How should clinicians respond when physical and cognitive symptoms of organic brain disease are accompanied by complex and intense emotional experiences of illness? Neuropsychology also poses ethical questions that are not necessarily generated by illness. For example, memory manipulation has risks and benefits that need consideration from ethical and clinical, as well as social and cultural, perspectives. When neuropsychological research and technological innovation promise healing or enhancement, how should clinicians represent possible outcomes to patients and their loved ones? Informed consent, access to care, and evolving social and cultural standards simultaneously produce and are produced by the limitations and possibilities of neuropsychological research and practice.
Neuroethics and Disorders of Consciousness: Discerning Brain States in Clinical Practice and Research Commentary by Joseph J. Fins, MD Which distinctions between minimally conscious states (MCS) and vegetative states should clinicians consider?
The Legal Implications of Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease Earlier Joshua Preston, Jaleh McTeigue, Caitlin Opperman, Jordan Dean Scott Krieg, Mikaela Brandt-Fontaine, Alina Yasis, Francis X. Shen, JD, PhD What are insurance, contract, and criminal law implications of detecting Alzheimer’s disease early?
Autism, Art, and Accessibility to Theater Blythe A. Corbett, PhD People with autism have a right to access “autism-friendly” theatrical performances. Theater-based treatment programs can help remove stigma and cultivate participants’ reciprocal social communication skills.
January Human Trafficking and Medicine
February Legitimacy and Authority in Medicine
March Language and Hierarchy in Medicine
April Moral Psychology and "Difficult" Doctor-Patient Dyads
May Psychiatric Oncology
June Moral Distress and Medicine
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