Master of Bioethics (MBE)

Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME)

Minor in Bioethics

About the Department

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…


Clinical Ethics Mediation

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Recent Scholarship

Should We Charge Patients for Medical Research?

A FEW months ago, we got a call from a former oncology professor of ours. He had developed an experimental precision diagnostic test that he thought would be able to determine which chemotherapies would be most effective against a patient’s cancer. He wanted to conduct a research trial to evaluate the effectiveness…
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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

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…
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