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From the ethics of Dr. Frankenstein to preventing cardiovascular disease
Date:4/2/2009

arch? Two classical 19th century novels -- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- will provide the background for a panel discussion about scientific ethics. What were the relevant questions in scientific ethics in the early and late 19th century? How have these questions changed in our time? Why does the 19th century so often represent science as resulting in monstrosity?

Doctors and Ethics in the 21st Century: Lessons from Albert Schweitzer, Friday, April 24, 7:00 a.m., room 201 B

How should physicians think about professional excellence in medicine in the 21st century? Why was Albert Schweitzer widely considered a paragon of moral excellence in medicine in the 20th century? How can Dr. Schweitzer's life and thoughts serve as guides to physician excellence today?

Ethical Challenges: Promoting Personal Responsibility for Health, Thursday, April 23, 7:00 a.m., Marriott Salon F

A panel will look at what is meant by "personal responsibility," how patient incentives for personal health affect practice, and the ethical implications of programs that focus on patient personal responsibility.

Health Care Disparities: Roles of Race and Socioeconomics, Thursday, April 23, 2:15 p.m., room 201 C

A panel will look at the extent of U.S. health care disparities in regard to African-American patients, factors relating to race and socioeconomics that lead to and perpetuate these disparities, and how disparities can be reduced by tactics and efforts at the public and private levels by individuals, nonprofits, employers, and government agencies.

Strategies to Eliminate Racial/Ethnic Disparities, Friday, April 24, 2:15 p.m., room 201 A

A panel will address what health care disparities are, the role health literacy and cultural competence play in reducing health care disparities, and what physicians can do to eliminate health care dispari
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Contact: Steve Majewski
SMajewski@acponline.org
215-351-2514
American College of Physicians
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