Tag: Medicine

  • Terminally ill patients exercise their “right to die” when they want their suffering to end, but what about those who want to live? A British court ruled that a doctor can decide when to terminate a patient’s life. Leslie Burke suffers from cerebral ataxia and will eventually lose his ability to speak and swallow, yet he is concerned that doctors will choose to end his life against his wishes. More

    August 26, 2005 | 0 Comments

  • Mary Jo and Leslie, both Presbyterians, were confronted with the same agonizing dilemma. They were pregnant with fetuses that had major defects, and each woman had to decide whether to give birth or terminate her pregnancy. More

    April 15, 2005 | 0 Comments

  • Sister Mary Andrew Matesich is a nun, a scientist, a former college president, and now, a cancer patient who learned not only how to accept her disease but how to help others because of it. More

    November 12, 2004 | 0 Comments

  • A doctor and a multimillionaire businessman are working together to give provide aid and medicine to people in need. More

    June 18, 2004 | 0 Comments

  • Father Joe Maier is a Catholic priest who, over 30 years, has set up schools that have educated thousands of poor Thai children in the slums of Bangkok. In the process, he has skirmished with all kinds of people from drug dealers to church hierarchy. More

    June 4, 2004 | 0 Comments

  • Read the R&E interview with Archbishop Thomas Kelly of Louisville, Kentucky about end-of-life issues. More

    May 21, 2004 | 0 Comments

  • Read more of the Religion and Ethics interview with Dr. John Collins Harvey, who chairs the bioethics committee at Georgetown University Hospital. More

    May 21, 2004 | 0 Comments

  • There is a moral issue that is facing and dividing many families: what to do when someone you love is in what doctors call a persistent vegetative state. Is it best to withdraw the feeding tube, despite the objections of … More

    May 21, 2004 | 0 Comments

  • For members of the clergy, providing spiritual care for their congregants is a role they are well prepared for. But providing spiritual care to the sick can be a different sort of challenge. In the nation's capital, the Washington Hospital Center offers clergy special training sessions for a special kind of sick person: the patient with cancer.

    April 2, 2004 | 0 Comments

  • The story of a group of American soldiers, all conscientious objectors and Seventh Day Adventists, who volunteered to expose themselves to deadly viruses and bacteria, rather than go to war. Over a 20-year period, beginning in the 1950s, the army used them to test vaccines against biological weapons. Most of them recall the experience without regret.

    October 24, 2003 | Comments (7)

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