Bioethics Blogs

The Year in Bioethics That Was

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Happy New Year. As has become a tradition at the blogs, the ending of one year and beginning of another is a time for reflection, for reviewing that year that has passed and planning for the year to come.

In 2014, is pleased to have had 15 bloggers contribute to our 84 posts. A very big thank you to these insightful scholars: Maurice Bernstein, Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Arthur Caplan, Nanette Elster, Ellen Fox, Steven Miles, Kayhan Parsi, Thaddeus Pope, Keisha Ray, and guest bloggers Rachelle Barina, Bandy Lee, Barron Lerner, Nuriel Moghavem, Devan Stahl, and Eric Swirsky. Their insights, reporting, and reflection on the big topics and ideas of this past year helped enrich the bioethics conversation.

While most of our blogs are complex, covering multiple topics, for the purposes of looking at the themes in the 2014 blogs, each post was placed in only one category.

  • End-of-Life – 17 posts
  • Infectious Disease/Public Health/Ebola – 12 posts
  • Research Ethics –8 posts
  • Health Policy/Law/ACA –7 posts
  • Reproductive health –6 posts
  • Technology –4 posts
  • Media – 3 posts
  • Medical profession – 3 posts
  • Bioethics profession –3 posts
  • Philosophy – 3 posts
  • Military/Torture – 2 posts
  • Professionalism/Informed Consent/Conflict of Interest – 2 posts
  • Neuroethics – 2 posts
  • Tobacco – 2 posts
  • Medical Practice – 2 posts
  • Other (including guns, feminist perspectives on ethics, language, mental health, year in review, and art) – 8 posts

In a year that saw Jahi McMath, Marlene Munoz, Brittany Maynard, and the passing of several new right-to-die laws, it comes as no surprise that End-of-Life was the most popular topic.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.