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Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. October 2014, Volume 16, Number 10: 671-781.

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Ethics and Reproductive Care

Ethics Poll

Which of the following best describes how you think about using in vitro fertilization to select the sex of a child for the purpose of "balancing" the family, e.g., having at least one child of each sex?
I'm against it; it will lead to selecting other traits that have nothing to do with the health of the child.
People who can only be happy if they have a boy (or a girl) should not be having a baby.
It's fine in a predominantly nonsexist society like the US because people's preferences will balance each other out.
If the technology has proven safe and effective, there is no reason why people should not be allowed to select the sex of their child.

Physicians may and should make recommendations to pregnant women and follow professionaly accepted clincal guidelines in caring for them, but legislative and judicial bodies should not have a voice in dictating a pregnant women's behavior or decision making.
Agree.
Disagree.
Dont't know.

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From the Editor

Advancing Innovation in Reproductive Care
Jonathan M. Metzl and Dorothy E. Roberts
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:674-690.

September Theme: Physicians as Agents of Change

From the Editor

Treating Presymptomatically
Audiey C. Kao
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:691-693.

Educating for Professionalism

Ethics Cases

Advocate as a Doctor or Advocate as a Citizen?
Commentary by Matthew Wynia
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:694-698.

A Call to Service: Social Justice Is a Public Health Issue
Commentary by Martin Donohoe and Gordon Schiff
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:699-707.

Medical Students and Rights Campaigns
Commentary by Mark Kuczewski
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:708-711.

Podcast

Physician Activism in Service to Humanity Podcast
Interview with Rajiv Shah

The Code Says

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinion on Physician Advocacy
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:712.

Medical Education

The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program: Four Decades of Training Physicians as Agents of Change
Bharat Kumar
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:713-717.

Teaching Big in Texas: Team-Based Learning for Professionalism Education in Medical Schools
Rebecca Lunstroth and Eugene Boisaubin
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:718-721.

In the Literature

Advocacy by Physicians for Patients and for Social Change
Joshua Freeman
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:722-725.

State of the Art and Science

Greener Clinics, Better Care
Phil Perry
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:726-731.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Physicians, Medical Marijuana, and the Law
Joseph Gregorio
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:732-738.

Policy Forum

Preventing Nuclear War: A Professional Responsibility for Physicians
Ira Helfand, Antti Junkkari, and Ogebe Onazi
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:739-744.

History, Art, and Narrative

History of Medicine

The Medical Committee for Human Rights
John Dittmer
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:745-748.

A Brief History of Environmental Bioethics
Cristina Richie
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:749-752.

Second Thoughts and Correspondence

Second Thoughts

Physicians’ Social Responsibility
Catherine Thomasson
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:753-757.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:758-778.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:779-781.