• Ethical Dilemmas and Modern Medicine

  • Questions Nobody Wants to Ask
  • By: Jacob Appel
  • Narrated by: Jacob Appel
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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One Day University presents a series of audio lectures recorded in real time from some of the top minds in the United States. Given by award-winning professors and experts in their field, these recorded lectures dive deep into the worlds of religion, government, literature, and social justice.

The same medical technologies that have brought us miracle drugs and unprecedented longevity are also forcing us to confront increasingly difficult ethical dilemmas. Should taxpayers spend several million dollars to prolong one patient's life for one month? Can genes be patented? How ought judges respond when doctors and family members disagree on the very definition of death? May a 17-year-old boy refuse to give a life-saving bone marrow transplant to his 15-year-old cousin? 

Thirty years ago, debates in medical ethics focused on the same questions that had once puzzled Hippocrates and Galen many centuries earlier. When does life begin? When may confidentiality be broken? Must a physician help a stranger in need? Today, most challenges in bioethics arise from two relatively novel sets of issues: 1.) conflicts over scarce healthcare resources and 2.) the desire of philosophical and religious minorities to opt out of established medical norms. How society ultimately resolves these questions is not simply an abstract matter for debate by philosophers and ethicists. Rather, the outcome of these controversies is likely to affect each and every one of us when we or our loved ones become ill. 

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Fascinating short bioethics lecture

My pre-med son and I listened to this and found it fascinating and thought-provoking. We had some interesting conversations afterward! The professor is funny and likeable.

It is short and not like a whole lecture series on Great Courses, but would be suitable for an interested homeschooler.