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Christian lay understandings of preimplantation genetic diagnosis
Could the proliferation of techniques that increasingly enable us not just to have children, but to choose characteristics unrelated to their health, exacerbate our tendency to think of children as objects of our making? Could these techniques lead us to think of ourselves as mechanisms that are valued for our individual parts or traits rather than as individuals who are valued for being unique wholes? ... Put positively, what can we do to increase the chances that these techniques are used in ways that further the happiness of children, families—and ultimately the well-being of our society as a whole?
- Parens & Knowles, ‘Reprogenetics and public policy’, S4
I learn from my friend the Chief Rabbi that Jewish Orthodoxy would support what he would call 'repair' genetics, to eliminate when possible the expression of deleterious genes in human bodies. What Jewish Orthodoxy dreads is the spectre of the superman or super race, genetically fashioned. If that is, as I believe, beyond possibility as well as intent, let it be said.
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12 hours ago by nhaliday
Medical Nihilism - Jacob Stegenga - Oxford University Press
"This book argues that if we consider the ubiquity of small effect sizes in medicine, the extent of misleading evidence in medical research, the thin theoretical basis of many interventions, and the malleability of empirical methods, and if we employ our best inductive framework, then our confidence in medical interventions ought to be low."

--- Well, this all _sounds_ very congenial to my prejudices. (Though the "best inductive framework" bit makes me leery.)
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yesterday by cshalizi
When Doctors Bodyshame Their Patients - Medical Fatshaming
Woman had cancer but of course the doctors kept saying "You're just fat."
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yesterday by moose
How decades of electronic medical records are turned into in Israel. Wonder what can be done…
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2 days ago by assaf
RT : Best thing in : you dig a little deeper and you'll see the terrible (& inhuman) research so…
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