In the 25th year of bioethics publishing: new challenges of the post-truth era

As IJME enters its 25th year of publication, all of us closely associated with the journal look back on this journey with a degree of satisfaction. Not only has the only bioethics journal published from India survived for 24 years, it has also produced some extraordinary successes. As you read this issue, we will be celebrating the 12th year of the biennial National Bioethics Conferences – the sixth NBC will take place in Pune from January 13 to 15, 2017. Over the last 25 years, we have witnessed the takeover of medical journals by corporates. We have also seen journals becoming financially dependent on advertisements from corporates, and adopting commercial models for publishing. There are controversies about the erosion of editorial…

Knowing one’s death: philosophical considerations

Coming to know and accept one’s impending death allows terminally ill persons to face their mortality without deception. While life as such is a constant race towards death, terminal illness brings one’s own death closer to experience. Being in the face of death in this manner can be transformed into an ontologically rewarding experience. Research on medical practices of truth telling in cases of terminal illness tends to show that there is healthy…

Bias in medicine in the context of the film Aligarh

March 21, 2017

In today’s world, I feel another sin needs to be added to the list of the seven deadly sins, viz the sin of intolerance…

Ethical ramifications of the Paolo Macchiarini case

March 15, 2017

The Paolo Macchiarini case has several ethical ramifications. Professor Macchiarini, formerly of the Karolinska Institutet (KI), became famous for…

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