Edinburgh University Medical Ethics and Humanities Society lecture: Steve Bolsin (University of Melbourne) - Evolution of Medical Ethics

  • Title:  The Evolution of Medical Ethics
  • When:  Tuesday 25 April 2017
  • Time:  7 pm
  • Location:  Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Teviot Place, University of Edinburgh
  • Speaker:  Dr Steve Bolsin - Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Melbourne
  • Registration:  The event is free of charge but we ask that guest register for the event on Eventbrite.
  • Contact: eumehs@gmail.com

A overview of Evolution of Medical Ethics

Edinburgh University Medical Ethics and Humanities Society are delighted to announce a talk by Dr Steve Bolsin - a key figure in the Bristol Heart Inquiry and internationally renowned expert on patient safety. As Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Melbourne, Dr Bolsin has a broad perspective of contemporary healthcare issues. He will discuss the changing field of medical ethics in clinical practice.

Most people would claim that medical ethics is based on the Bronze Age teachings of Hippocrates and enshrined in the Hippocratic Oath. This oath failed to protect the world from the excesses of the Nazi and Japanese medical experiments in WW2 but in 1972 the disclosure of the Tuskegee Experiment in the US changed the permissive approach to the ethics of the profession. Beauchamp and Childress enunciated the "4 Pillars", initially of medical research, which were then adapted for medical practice. An evolution had occurred but did it work. In 1999 the Institute of Medicine estimated that US$17-29 Billion were wasted each year on systemic healthcare error in US hospitals. By 2011 the safety record had not improved and this led US researchers to estimate that in 2016 healthcare error was the 3rd leading cause of death. There is no evidence that any country is any safer. Is it possible that another evolution in medical ethics could reduce the cost, not just in dollars but in human lives?

The event is kindly sponsored by the MDU and refreshments will be provided.

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