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Monday, December 08, 2003
"Hundreds of articles in medical journals claiming to be written by academics or doctors have been penned by ghostwriters in the pay of drug companies, an Observer inquiry reveals." Read "Revealed: how drug firms 'hoodwink' medical journals" in The (London) Observer.

Sunday, December 07, 2003
"Sitting with a brown Yorkie in her lap, Dr. Levine explains that she is "simply fulfilling a need, a need to wear stylish shoes." Although she would not provide specific numbers, Dr. Levine said that this year she will undertake 40 percent more cosmetic foot surgeries than she did three years ago. Among the most common are operations to shorten toes, at a cost of $2,500 per toe." Read "If Shoe Won't Fit, Fix the Foot? Popular Surgery Raises Concern" in The New York Times.

Saturday, December 06, 2003
"With every piece of flesh I ate, I remembered him," Meiwes, a self-assured and well-spoken computer repairman, told the judge. "It was like taking communion." Armin Meiwes is on trial in Kassel, Germany, for killing and eating a willing victim. See "Net Cannibal" in The Arizona Star.


Monday, December 01, 2003
"Women who cannot have orgasms can now have a device implanted in their spines that will trigger the sensation for them. Clinical trials of the "orgasmatron" have begun in the US, with the approval of the Food and Drug Administration." Read more in The New Scientist article, "Orgasmatron inventor seeks female volunteers."


Thursday, November 13, 2003
The President's Council on Bioethics has released its latest report, Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Saturday, November 08, 2003
"What keeps you from yourself?" asks Dannye Romine Powell in a column on Better Than Well in The Charlotte Observer.

Saturday, November 01, 2003
"The Saint Martha International Bioethics Center has been awarded a $23.4 million grant by the Devil." Tod Chambers and Carl Elliott report on the case in their article, "Bioethics Center Awarded Corporate Grant from Satan."

Monday, October 27, 2003
Arthur Shafer reviews David Healy's new book, Let them Eat Prozac for the Globe and Mail. Also check out Healy's website at www.healyprozac.com.

Thursday, October 23, 2003
"Nowhere is it engraved in stone that a person’s life must last for only so long. The Bible’s dreary statement that a life span is 'three-score years and ten' and its tired talk about times to be born and times to die now smell strongly of plain old defeatism." Read Ian Frazier's "Everlasting" in this week's New Yorker.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003
"What if each of us could live a longer life, in peak physical and mental health, then suddenly shrivel away at the end, like Dracula when he is exposed to the sunlight? Would bioethicists still be so dour?" University College London geneticist David Gems asks these questions and more in his essay for The Hastings Center Report, "Is More Life Always Better?"

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