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Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. December 2017, Volume 19, Number 12: 1151-1240.

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Health Care Ethics and Professionalism in the Era of Climate Change

Ethics Poll

A family medicine physician is concerned about rising rates of respiratory illness in his community, which is adjacent to a coal-burning power plant. Is it ethical for the physician to counsel individual patients about the power plant’s potential impact on their health?

Find a discussion of responses to this question in the December 2017 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

Poll Question

A patient expresses concern about the environmental impact of a possible third pregnancy. How should her physician respond?

Find a discussion of responses to this question in the December 2017 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics.

From the Editor

Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change on Human Health: The Role of the Medical Community
Jillian L. Peters
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Ethics Cases

What Are Risks and Benefits of Not Incorporating Information about Population Growth and Its Impact on Climate Change into Reproductive Care?
Commentary by Benjamin P. Brown and Julie Chor
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Are Physicians Obliged to Lead Environmental Sustainability Efforts in Health Care Organizations?
Commentary by Cheryl C. Macpherson and Jonathan Hill
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How Should Clinicians Weigh the Benefits and Harms of Discussing Politicized Topics that Influence Their Individual Patients’ Health?
Commentary by Diana Alame and Robert D. Truog
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Podcast

What Are the Health Risks of Global Climate Change? An Interview with Jordan Emont, Dr. Kate Weinberger, and Louise Hobden Listen

The Code Says

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions Related to Climate Change
Annalise Norling
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State of the Art and Science

Is Editing the Genome for Climate Change Adaptation Ethically Justifiable?
Lisa Soleymani Lehmann
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Policy Forum

The “Buy One, Get One Free” Ethics of Investing Public and Philanthropic Funds in Health and Climate
Ali A. Zaidi
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Medicine and Society

Should Health Professionals Speak Up to Reduce the Health Risks of Climate Change?
Cheryl C. Macpherson and Matthew Wynia
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Images of Healing and Learning

Rising Waters and a Smaller Island: What Should Physicians Do for Tuvaluans?
Jordan Emont and Gowri Anandarajah
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Second Thoughts

The Importance of Physician Climate Advocacy in the Face of Political Denial
Andrew Jameton
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About the Contributors
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