Category: Ethics

Public Health Post: Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture visits BUSPH

October 28, 2019 Professor Nils Melzer is the Human Rights Chair of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and a Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow. Since 2016, Melzer has served as the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Throughout ...

BU Today: [POV] Child Detention at the Border Is Torture

July 18, 2019 Written by: Sondra Crosby & George Annas Each day brings, it seems, new horrors from American child detention facilities on the Texan border: children in cramped cells, in dirty, squalid conditions, many suffering from scabies, shingles, and chicken pox, separated from their families. The World War II Japanese-American internment camps have been ...

BUSPH News: ‘This Is the Worst That I’ve Seen in My 20-Year Career’

Posted on: July 3, 2019 Among the many policies, actions, and threats leveraged against asylum seekers in recent years, the mass detention and separation of families on the southern border is receiving the most attention. But working with asylum seekers in the Immigrant & Refugee Health Program at Boston Medical Center, Sondra Crosby is seeing ...

BU Today: Should Doctors Learn from Nazi Medical Research on Holocaust Victims?

Published on: June 20, 2019 Should a surgeon use a medical reference book with anatomical illustrations that are derived from Nazi victims? That’s the ethical quandary a team that included BU’s Michael A. Grodin and Rabbi Joseph A. Polak (Hon.’95) sought to answer in an article in the May 29 issue of the journal Surgery. The medical text in question ...

BU Today: Did Researchers Bring Dead Pigs Back to Life? And Would That Be OK?

Published on: April 29, 2019 Did researchers really bring dead pigs back to life? The headlines earlier this month didn’t say exactly that (the words “partly alive” were more frequently used), but the story still had the scientific community buzzing: Yale researchers had revived some cellular function in the brains of slaughtered swine—not enough to restore consciousness, ...

The Intercept: Julian Assange Suffered Severe Psychological and Physical Harm in Ecuadorian Embassy, Doctors Say

An American doctor who conducted several medical and mental health evaluations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London over the last two years says that she believes she was spied on and that the confidentiality of her doctor-patient relationship with Assange was violated. Dr. Sondra Crosby, an associate professor of medicine and ...

WBUR: Leading Scientists Call For Moratorium And Global Forum On Gene-Edited Babies

March 13, 2019 By Carey Goldberg There are efforts already under way by the World Health Organization and multiple national academies of science to create committees that will try to oversee what happens to the human genetic legacy. But they don’t preclude this call for a new global body, says George Annas, director of the ...