The Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care, established at the University at Buffalo in 1994, is now the Romanell Center for Clinical Ethics and the Philosophy of Medicine. The name change honors the 2003 testimentary gift bestowed by Edna Romanell, while reflecting a focus on bioethics in today's complex health care concerns. As a multi-disciplinary center with a long tradition of coordinating academic activities, the Center is poised to expand collaborative research and experience-based learning at UB to better serve the communities of Western New York, Southern Ontario, and borders beyond our own.

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The papers are here.

1: The Ethics of Rationing - Emanuel, Wertheimer and Persad’s paper “Principles for Allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions”. Blog posted here.

2: How To Allocate Scarce Health Resources Without Discriminating Against People With Disabilities by Tyler M. John, Joseph Millum, David Wasserman. Blog posted here.

3: A Defense of Compulsory Vaccination by Jessica Flanigan. Blog posted here.

4: Solidarity and Responsibility in Health Care by Ben Davies and Julian Savulescu. Blog posted here.

5: Equality or Priority? by Derek Parfit. Blog posted here.

6. Social value, clinical equipoise, and research in a public health emergency by A. J. London. Blog posted here.

7. Pre-publication review of work by Christopher Boorse. Blog circulation limited.

8. The relativity of ‘placebos’: defending a modified version of Grünbaum’s definition by Jeremy Howick. Blog posted here.

9. Harm as a Necessary Component of the Concept of Medical Disorder: Reply to Muckler and Taylor by Wakefield and Conrad. Blog posted here.

10. Human Challenge Studies to Accelerate Coronavirus Vaccine Licensure by Marc Lipsitch, Nir Eyal, Peter G Smith. Blog posted here.

11. Institutions, Beliefs and Ethics: Eugenics as a Case Study by Allen Buchanan. Blog posted here.

12. Mind-Brain Dualism and Its Place in Mental Health Care by Eric Matthews. Blog posted here.

Authors: Shane Babcock, John Beverley, Lindsay G. Cowell, Barry Smith Published online - OFS PrePrints. See news article by Bert Gambini, Ontology powerful weapon against COVID-19.

Also see the related paper, The Coronavirus Infectious Disease Ontology (CIDO), here.

FALL 2020

The Romanell Center for Clinical Ethics and the Philosophy of Medicine is pleased to announce the Fall 2020 Speaker Series is being delivered in the virtual format of Zoom. Join us on October 14, Wednesday, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. as Barry Smith delivers our first Zoom talk, “The Impossibility of Digital Immortality.” For more information about the event contact David Hershenov, dh25@buffalo.edu.

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