Medical Ethics and the Holocaust: Lessons From the Past—Raul Artal, MD

April 19, 2018

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Are medical ethics and physician loyalty intertwined?

To whom does a doctor owe loyalty? An employer or insurance contract, a government or “state’s” rules, or to the patient?
What happens when regulations, government policy, and other third parties insert their priorities into medical decision making? Sometimes effects are hard to discern and seem innocuous—but what about when demands on physicians are less benign?

Read Dr. Artal’s opinion piece, Medicine After the Holocaust

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Dr. Artal, a Holocaust survivor, was born in a Nazi concentration camp. He is the Chairman and Professor Emeritus of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at Saint Louis University. He is largely responsible for changing societal views on exercise during pregnancy.


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