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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  • Leshnar - Addiction is a Brain Disease (and it matters); and, Levy - Addiction is not a Brain Disease (and it matters).
  • Savulescu and Foddy: A Liberal Account of Addiction.
  • Mind-Brain Dualism and Its Place in Mental Health Care.
  • Institutions, Beliefs and Ethics: Eugenics as a Case Study by Allen Buchanan.
  • Human Challenge Studies to Accelerate Coronavirus Vaccine Licensure.
  • Harm as a necessary component of the concept of medical disorder.
  • The relativity of ‘placebos’: defending a modified version of Grünbaum’s definition.
  • Social value, clinical equipoise, and research in a public health emergency.
  • Equality or Priority.
  • Solidarity and Responsibility in Health Care.
  • A Defense of Compulsory Vaccination.
  • How to Allocate Scarce Health Resources.
  • The Ethics of Rationing.

Summer/Fall 2020 blog content is here.

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Since retiring from clinical medicine, Jack Freer has been spending more time working on pastel painting. This image depicts a scene in Florence during a 1629-31 outbreak of bubonic plague.