Hastings Center Report

Since 1971, the Hastings Center Report has been one of the leading journals of bioethics in the United States. It is published six times each year by the Hastings Center in Garrison, New York. Gregory Kaebnick is the current editor. The peer-reviewed journal focuses on legal, moral and social issues in medicine and the life sciences. The Report’s readership includes physicians, nurses, health care lawyers, and bioethicists. The Report publishes a variety of article types, ranging from Contributions may take many forms: Print and online subscriptions to the Report are available to individuals and libraries worldwide through The Hastings Center.

Hastings Center
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A call to confront mistrust in the US health care system

"For those who have faced exploitation and discrimination at the hands of physicians, the medical profession, and medical institutions, trust is a tall order and, in many cases, would be naïve," writes Laura Specker Sullivan ...


In hunting for cures, ethics can strengthen clinical trials

Clinical trials provide the cornerstone for evaluating the safety and efficacy of new drugs and therapies to treat disease. While trials are designed to follow established ethical and regulatory requirements, Alex John London, ...


Does genetic testing pose psychosocial risks?

For the last quarter century, researchers have been asking whether genetic information might have negative psychosocial effects. Anxiety, depression, disrupted relationships, and heightened stigmatization have all been posited ...


What does 'dead' mean?

Should death be defined in strictly biological terms—as the body's failure to maintain integrated functioning of respiration, blood circulation, and neurological activity? Should death be declared on the basis of severe ...


NFL player health: The role of club doctors

How can we ensure that National Football League players receive excellent health care they can trust from providers who are as free from conflicts of interest as realistically possible? The lead article in a new Hastings ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

For frozen embryos in dispute, scholars propose guidelines

In at least 11 cases over the last 24 years, including the appeal of a Missouri case heard in June, U.S. courts have grappled with difficult arguments between men and women who fertilized and froze embryos together, but then ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Exploring a legal and ethical gray area for people with dementia

Many of the legal and ethical options for refusing unwanted interventions are not available to people with dementia because they lack decision-making capacity. But one way for these people to ensure that they do not live ...

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