Health and medical ethics

Alice Dreger in Psychology Today: “Can You Hear Us Now?: Is it ethical for doctors to stimulate little girls’ clitorises?”

Alice Dreger in Psychology Today: “Can You Hear Us Now?: Is it ethical for doctors to stimulate little girls’ clitorises?”

Professor Alice Dreger writes in Psychology Today’s blog, “Fetishes I Don’t Get”: In a brief article entitled “Bad Vibrations” just posted at the Hastings Center’s Bioethics Forum, my colleague Ellen Feder and I express our shock over the follow-up techniques being used by pediatric urologist Dix Poppas at Weill Medical College of Cornell University on…
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Sydney Morning Herald: “Patients are people, not guinea pigs”

Sydney Morning Herald: “Patients are people, not guinea pigs”

An analysis of the treatment of patients based on the book Human Guinea Pigs by Maurice Pappworth: If Lacks were alive today, researchers would be required to obtain her consent. At the most basic level, obtaining consent shows respect for a person to make their own decisions and requires researchers to provide sufficient information and…
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The Daily Telegraph: Unkindest cut for girls – by doctors

The Daily Telegraph: Unkindest cut for girls – by doctors

The Daily Telegraph reports on moves to consider female genital mutilation in Australia: Australian doctors are considering a controversial form of genital mutilation on baby girls. The practice involving cutting a girl’s genitals, sometimes with razors or pieces of glass, could be allowed in a clinical setting to stem illegal backyard procedures which are leaving…
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WPATH disorders intersex while depathologizing transgender

From the ‘Response of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health to the Proposed DSM 5 Criteria for Gender Incongruence’: (4) Adding a specifier of “with or without a Disorder of Sex Development” is an improvement over the need to use the “Not Otherwise Specified” diagnosis because individuals with intersex conditions may have a similar…
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The Guardian: “Why are US doctors allowing genital mutilation?”

The Guardian: “Why are US doctors allowing genital mutilation?”

A commentary on female genital mutilation in the US: At the end of last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics  (AAP) issued a revised policy statement on female genital mutilation (FGM) called “ritual genital cutting of female minors,” suggesting that the federal and state law in the US should permit paediatricians to offer a ritual…
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On genital surgeries

On genital surgeries

Update In 2013, the Australian Senate Community Affairs Committee published a report on the “Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia”. That report, and the submissions to it, reveal much about current practice. Intersex refers to atypical internal and/or external anatomical sexual characteristics, where features usually regarded as male or female may be…
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