Bioethicist to speak at Bates College

Arthur L. Caplan, an internationally recognized authority on bioethics will discuss at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Bates College Edmund S. Muskie Archives. The public is invited to attend this talk, sponsored by the Dean of the College, free of charge.

Trustee professor and director of the Center for Bioethics at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania Health System, Caplan is also author of a number of books, including “Am I My Brother’s Keeper? The Ethical Frontiers of Biomedicine” (Indiana University Press, 1997) and “Due Consideration: Controversy in the Age of Medical Miracles” (John Wiley and Sons Inc., 1998). He has co-edited, with Daniel Coelho, “The Ethics of Organ Transplants: The Current Debate” (Prometheus Books, 1998), a 30-essay collection that examines the many and tangled issues that surround the debate over organ procurement and distribution, including the search for new sources of organs, new methods of procurement, new ways of managing dying and innovative strategies for fair distribution of this scarce life-saving resource.

According to The New York Times, “Caplan’s particular skill is an ability to identify, analyze and explain the extremely complex moral questions that grow out of changes in health care, science and medicine.”

The Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Health System was established in 1994 to advance scholarly and public understanding of ethical, legal, social and public issues in health care.

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