Master of Bioethics (MBE)

Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME)

Minor in Bioethics

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Recent Books

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Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

No substance on earth is as hotly debated as marijuana. Opponents claim it’s dangerous, addictive, carcinogenic, and a gateway to serious drug abuse. Fans claim it as a wonder drug, treating cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, glaucoma, arthritis, migraines, PTSD, and insomnia. Patients suffering from these conditions need—and deserve—hard facts based on medical…


Stoned: Book Launch & Marijuana Debate

On Thursday July 30, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia will host the launch of palliative care physician Dr. David Casarett’s new book Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana followed by an exciting panel debate In Stoned, Dr. David Casarett sets out to find evidence of marijuana’s medical…

Clinical Ethics Mediation

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Recent Scholarship

Casarett: What I Learned at the Weed Dispensary

The first time you meet Robin, it’s easy to be misled by her fragile appearance. She’s in her 40s and painfully thin, and she grips her aluminum walker with hands that have been twisted by rheumatoid arthritis. But she’s both tough and resourceful, and she doesn’t give up easily. I met…
    • David Casarett

Logic Models--Tools to Bridge the Theory-Research-Practice Divide

Clinical investigators must confront the challenge of developing interventions that are based on sound theory and can be implemented in real-world settings. In research, the standard tool to help address the sound theory component of this challenge is the conceptual model, which can be useful in relating broad theoretical constructs but…
    • Chris Feudtner

Ethics of Development Assistance for Health

In the past three decades, levels of and contributors to global health aid have increased at an unprecedented pace. Development assistance for health—financial contributions from public and private institutions to low- and middle-income countries to help improve health and health systems—nearly quintupled from 1990 to 2012 (from $5.7 billion to $28.1…
    • Ruger Jennifer

Transplanting Hepatitis C-Positive Kidneys

The scarcity of kidneys for transplantation and high mortality among patients on the waiting list have led some patients to accept kidney transplants that carry elevated risks of transmitting infections or cancer. In certain cases, such as the transmission of cytomegalovirus, physicians can anticipate these events and institute preventive measures. But…
    • Peter Reese