Category Archives: Bioethical issues

US vs Europe: are there any major differences in ethical standards? Implications for practice in Malta

A  recent survey (Medscape Ethics Report 2014)  involving over 21,000 physicians highlights differences in practice between American and European doctors. The following is a summary of the major findings.  It shows the proportion of  doctors who agree with the given … Continue reading

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Palliation versus euthanasia

Many European nations, more so those from the north, place a great deal of importance on the value of autonomy and the right of every patient to have the final say on matters relating to terminal treatment. Some (including Belgium, … Continue reading

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Tinkering with our inheritance

Ask anyone whether it would be a good idea if we could rid humanity of all its genetic disorders and the answer will surely be a resounding yes. To prevent a child from inheriting any of the disorders, which we … Continue reading

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Dire warnings about artificial intelligence: are they justified?

We have long been used to the idea that human beings represent the pinnacle on the evolutionary scale, and we have drawn the conclusion, at least unconsciously, that nothing could possibly happen to topple us from this dizzying height. And … Continue reading

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Doctors vs the rest: The Ethics of hard decisions

It is not often that medical practice in Malta finds itself in the maelstrom of international ethical attention as has happened a few years ago in the famous case of conjoint twins. The publication of a monograph on this topic[1] … Continue reading

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Dawkins’ God

A sure sign of success in the publishing world is made evident when the author’s name is blazoned in larger font than the title of a book.   The author’s name becomes more important, and more commercially attractive than the actual … Continue reading

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