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Medical Ethics

Life and death

Some of this century's greatest developments have undoubtedly been in medical technology. Machines can now take over when the heart ceases to beat; and people can often be kept 'alive' when even the brain has ceased to function.

Friday, 31 December, 1999, 12:00am

Doctors give support to euthanasia

About six in 10 SAR doctors support euthanasia and would comply with a patient's request to turn off a life-support system, a ground-breaking survey found.

In the first survey on the subject, researchers found general acceptance of euthanasia among doctors and the public.

30 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

A bug's life

Super bugs are not just the stuff of drama. We should be aware of them every time we go to the doctor with a minor ailment, as RTHK's Hong Kong Connection (Pearl, 6.50pm) reminds us. Hong Kong appears to have been particularly ignorant about the limitations and, now, dangers of antibiotics. Many people are dissatisfied if they leave their doctor without a bag of antibiotics.

26 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Doctors laid low by attacks on profession

SCATHING and repeated attacks on doctors have left many in the medical profession jaded and lacking enthusiasm to continue practising.

Doctors who talked to the Sunday Morning Post said the almost 'non-stop' barrage of criticism against the profession, mostly sparked by the Harvard report on health-care reform, was depressing.

29 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Opt-out organ donation needed

An 'opt-out' plan for donating organs has been rejected by the Legislative Council.

The plan states that people's organs should be used after their deaths unless they say otherwise.

22 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Mercy killing: gauging support

RESULTS from a ground-breaking survey aimed at gauging public perceptions on the controversial subject of euthanasia are expected to be released soon.

In a study funded by the Hospital Authority, City University has sought opinions from more than 600 households across the SAR. The results will be passed on to the Government for consideration.

9 May 1999 - 12:00am

Doctors 'closing ranks' on deaths

Doctors have been accused of closing ranks to protect each other over the deaths of five babies born with severe brain damage at Princess Margaret Hospital over the past two years.

Parents say they have been unable to find a doctor to look into the cases so they can bring claims of negligence to court.

26 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Fringe beliefs probed for insight into ethnic mental illness

Voodoo, fundamentalist Christianity and other spiritual beliefs are being investigated by health officials in an attempt to understand what they can offer in the treatment of mental illness in Britain's Afro-Caribbean communities.

28 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Families hurt by suicides

Ever since I was small, it seemed hard for me to figure out the meaning of life.

Why are we in this world? Why are there so many good and wicked people living together in one community? Why has God given us life? I was totally confused by such questions.

But there are still people who don't know how to treasure their life and commit suicide.

12 Jan 1999 - 12:00am