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Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. October 2006, Volume 8, Number 10: 639-702.

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October 2006 Contents

Parental Competence in Medical Caregiving and Decision Making

Ethics Poll

1. Immunizations should be required for all school-age children unless they pose medical risk for the child. Exemptions should not be allowed on the basis of a parent's religious or philosophical disagreement with immunization.
2. In general, parents should make decisions about health care for their minor children. Medical professionals should intervene:
3. US law allows states to override parents' religious objections and impose standard medical treatment for a child with life-threatening illness if the standard treatment has at least a 50-50 chance of saving the child's life.

From the Editor

Parents, Children, and Their Physicians: The Complex Journey of Parenthood
Gretchen Hermes
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:641-644.

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Parental Influence on Level of Functioning in a Child with Down Syndrome
Commentary by Dianne McBrien
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:645-648.

The Desperate Parent and the Lure of Experimental Treatment
Commentary by Peter J. Smith
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:649-653.

Coping with a Child's Conduct Disorder
Commentary by Sharon Hirsch and Rebecca Sheffield
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:654-658.

Obesity in Kids: When Appeals to Vanity Fail
Commentary by Joseph R. Zanga and John C. Moskop
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:659-662.

Journal Discussion

Parental Consent for Pediatric Research
Emily E. Anderson
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:667-671.

Medical Education

Teaching Residents and Students To Help Patients and Their Families with Obesity
David N. Collier and Joseph R. Zanga
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:663-666.

Clinical Pearl

Diagnosis and Treatment of Conduct Disorder
Suma Jacob
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:672-675.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Limiting Parents' Rights in Medical Decision Making
Lee Black
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:676-680.

Policy Forum

Parental Resistance to Childhood Immunizations: Clinical, Ethical, and Policy Considerations
Nancy Berlinger
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:681-684.

Medicine and Society

Talking with Families about Severely Disabled Children
Arthur F. Kohrman
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:685-688.

History, Art, and Narrative

Medical Humanities

"The 400 Blows"--Children Lost in the Health Care System
Gretchen Hermes
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:689-693.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:694-700.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:701-702.