Past Events

  • Rationing Is Not a Four-Letter Word: Death Panels, Policy and Ethics

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    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Philip Rosoff, MD, MA, director of the Clinical Ethics Program, serves as chair for both the Hospital Ethics Committee and the Clinical Ethics Consult Subcommittee. His clinical and research interests center around the equitable allocation of scarce resources. He has published the book, Rationing Is Not a Four-Letter Word: Setting Limits on Healthcare (MIT Press).  


    Healthcare rationing is often portrayed as anathema in the United States. But Dr. Rosoff will argue that we have excellent examples of overt rationing done well that we find acceptable and even laudatory.  Moreover, if we redesign our healthcare system to incorporate rationing, it would...

  • Wind in the Willows: Hearing the Voices of Children in Research

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    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN is Dean of the School of Nursing and Vice Chancellor for Nursing Affairs at Duke University. Previously, she was dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing, where she was awarded the rank of Distinguished Professor. Dean Broome focuses on research ethics related to informed consent and assent for children in research, research misconduct in clinical trials and, most recently, ethical dilemmas in publishing.


    In this presentation, Dean Broome will describe what we know from research about children and their parents' perceptions of research participation. Best practices for those working with children and parents considering research participation will be discussed. She will also consider how...

  • Ethics to Policy: Conflicts of Interest between IRB Members and Industry

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    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Eric G. Campbell, PhD conducts research relating to physician conflict of interest and how academic-industry relationships affect the process and outcomes of biomedical research. His work has attracted attention from numerous health care organizations and national policymakers. Professor Campbell has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals including The New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of the American Medical Association.


    In this talk, Professor Campbell explored the nature, extent and consequences of conflicts of interest between Institutional Review Board (IRB) members and industry using data from his recently completed national study. In addition, he will explore how these things have changed since...

  • Drug Studies: The Good, the Bad and the Biased

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    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Lisa A. Bero, PhD is a pharmacologist who studies how science is translated into clinical practice and health policy.


    Professor Bero has developed and validated methods for assessing bias in the design, conduct and dissemination of research on pharmaceuticals, tobacco and chemicals. She has also conducted analyses to examine the dissemination and policy implications of research evidence.

  • Getting Beyond the Birth Wars: In Search of a Good Birth

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    Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 12:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA, trained in both obstetrics and gynecology and bioethics, has published extensively on ethically-complex issues at the intersection of women’s health, science, and reproductive medicine. Her first book, A Good Birth: Finding the Positive and Profound in Your Childbirth Experience, was published in August 2013 by the Penguin Group.


    While much consideration has been given to the notion of a “good death,” there has been a paucity of scholarship addressing meaning and value at life’s early edge. Instead, polarized and politicized debates tend to frame approaches to maternity care. Drawing on her landmark Good Birth...

  • Palliative Medicine: Both Aid and Threat to Dying Well

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 12:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Farr Curlin, MD joined Duke in 2014 as the Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities. Dr. Curlin's empirical research describes variations in physicians' attitudes and clinical practices across a range of clinical domains, focusing particularly on the extent to which differences in physicians' practices are accounted for by differences in their religious characteristics. His ethics scholarship takes up moral questions that are raised by these religion-associated differences in physicians' practices. He is an active palliative medicine physician and holds appointments in both the School of Medicine and the Divinity School, where he is working with colleagues to develop a new interdisciplinary community of scholarship and training focused on the intersection of theology, medicine, and culture.


    Palliative medicine does much to create the conditions necessary for patients to live well in the face of death, but palliative medicine can also frustrate and undermine the possibility of dying well. In order to achieve the former while avoiding the latter, Dr. Curlin will suggest that...

  • Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War

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    Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 12:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Margaret Humphreys is the Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine at Duke University, with appointments in the History Department and the School of Medicine. An historian of science and medicine, Professor Humphreys has focused her research and publications primarily on infectious disease in the US and the American south, as well as the history of medicine during the American Civil War. Her fourth book, Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), explores the impact of disease and medical care on troops in the War of the Rebellion.


    The Civil War, all told, killed more than a million people. Professor Humphreys will explore the causes of this mortality, exposing the importance of disease, race, and the color of uniform in determining the outcome.

  • DSM-5: Time to Rethink the Future of Psychiatry and Medicine

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 12:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Julian Savulescu is Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. He directs the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, funded by the Wellcome Trust. He has written broadly in practical ethics, with a particular focus on neuroethics, and the ethics of genetics and enhancement, including moral enhancement, which is the focus of his book with Ingmar Persson, Unfit for the Future: the Urgent Need for Moral Enhancement (OUP).


    The American Psychiatric Association released the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013 amid criticism from the British Psychological Society and other eminent voices. Professor Savulescu argues that among DSM-5’s problems are its...

  • Imitation and Innovation: A Brief History of “Me Too” Drugs

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    Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 12:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Jeremy Greene, MD, PhD pursues broad research interests focusing on the history of disease, the history of global health, and the relationship between medicine and the marketplace. He has published widely and his book with Elizabeth Siegel Watkins is, Prescribed: Writing, Filling, Using, and Abusing the Prescription in Modern America, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.


    As the market for generic substitutes has grown--from only 10% of the American pharmaceutical market in 1960 to nearly 80% by 2010--so too have conflicts over how to prove that generics are truly equivalent to their brand-name counterparts. These conflicts over generic drugs reveal...

  • Science, Money and Politics: Three Stories about Cancers in Women

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 12:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Robert Cook-Deegan, MD was a research professor at the former Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, where he served as the director of the IGSP’s Center for Genome Ethics, Law & Policy from 2002 to 2012 . He is also a research professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Prior to arriving at Duke, he served as the director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship program at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of The Gene Wars: Science, Politics, and the Human Genome (New York: Norton, 1994) and an author on over 200 articles.


    The stories of how products and services were developed for cancers of women's reproductive organs proffer lessons about the complex ecosystem that sustains, and sometimes impedes, medical innovation. The stories center on controversies over patenting the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes,...