The Silent Crisis of Bioethics Illiteracy
November 5, 2019
(Scientific American) – Many Americans will face some form of significant medical decision-making during their lifetimes, either for themselves or for their loved ones. Often, the choices they confront will raise challenging ethical questions: when to remove a relative from life support, whether to donate an organ to a family member, how to approach screening of an expected child in utero. Unfortunately, most of us give little thought to these issues until they actually arise, and then we find ourselves woefully underprepared for the complex dilemmas we face. This need not be the case.