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Madison, Wisconsin - What - if any - should be the role of military doctors in the "war on terror"?


Is it ever ethical for doctors to lie to help their patients?


How should claims of conscience be treated in the public sphere?


Those are among the challenging ethical issues doctors and society at large face constantly.


Each will be addressed in the fourth annual bioethics symposium presented by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and its Department of Medical History and Bioethics.


"Doctors, Politics and Conscience" will be held April 12 from 1 to 5:30pm at the Health Sciences Learning Center, Room 1306, at 750 Highland Ave. Four featured talks will be followed by a panel featuring practicing physicians.


The talks include:

  • Bioethics Symposium"Political Medicine: The Case of South Africa's Dr. Death" by Dr. Steven Miles of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Miles wrote "Oath Betrayed: America's Torture Doctors" about the role of military medicine in anti-terrorism efforts.

  • "Conscience and Duty: Reflections on Wearing White Coats and Other Uniforms," by Richard Bonnie of the University of Virginia Law School

  • "Claims of Conscience in Medicine and the Conflict over the Public Space," by Alta Charo of UW-Madison Law School and School of Medicine and Public Health

  • "Gaming the System: Should Doctors Lie to help their Patients?" by E. Haavi Morreim of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

The panel discussion will focus on two topics: moral distress and provision of futile care in the ICU, presented by Dr. Jeffrey Grossman of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health; and choice and duty with regard to physicians, women and birth control, by Dr. Laurel Rice, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the School of Medicine and Public Health.


Admission is free.

Date Published: 03/29/2012

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Last updated: 03/29/2012
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