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Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. November 2006, Volume 8, Number 11: 703-793.

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November 2006 Contents

Understanding the Illness-Poverty Relationship

Ethics Poll

How long have you had the same physician or physican group as your established source for primary care, i.e., your medical home?
Drug samples are often given to patients who have a medical need for the drug but are unable to pay for it. When a clinic has a limited supply of free samples, is it ethically justifiable to factor in patients' risky lifestyle choices or non-adherence to medical advice when making distribution decisions?
Emergency departments (EDs) provide 24-hour, 7-day access to care for urgent medical needs, e.g., traumatic injury, heart attack, appendicitis. A patient has an urgent medical need if postponing treatment for 2 hours or more will compromise his or her recovery. According to this definition, how often have you used an ED for NON-urgent medical care?

From the Editor

Illness, Poverty, and the Invisible Patient
Justin M. List
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:705-708.

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Managing Chronic Conditions in Uninsured Patients
Commentary by Saul J. Weiner and Emily E. Anderson
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:709-716.

Pediatric Primary Care in the ER: Is It Better than Waiting for an Appointment?
Commentary by Marc Gorelick
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:717-722.

Clinical Awareness of Occupation-Related Toxic Exposure
Commentary by Leonardo Trasande
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:723-728.

Journal Discussion

Social Epidemiology: How Socioeconomic Risk Factors Become Health Realities
Ken Fox
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:737-743.

Socioeconomic Determinants of Health: The Facts Are In
Vanessa Yasmin Calderon
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:744-747.

Medical Education

An Ambulatory Care Elective in a Resource-Poor Community
Matthew Fitz
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:735-736.

Clinical Pearl

Prostatitis: Prevalence, Classification and Treatment
Sarah Maitre
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:748-751.

Conley Essay Contest

Distributing Drug Samples in a Free Clinic: A Personal or Policy Decision?
Amanda J. Redig
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:729-734.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Defining Hospitals' Obligation To Stabilize Patients under EMTALA
Lee Black
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:752-755.

Policy Forum

Education and Education Policy as Social Determinants of Health
Barbara J. Low and M. David Low
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:756-761.

Health Communication and Navigating the Health System
Andrea M. Garcia
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:762-765.

Medicine and Society

Where You Live Matters to Your Health
Abigail Silva
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:766-770.

Crowded Conditions: Coming to an ER Near You
Jessamy Taylor
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:771-775.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:776-791.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:792-793.