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Mar 2 2009
March Meeting: The Principles of Bioethics

SHL Monthly Meeting

4:00PM March 15, 2009

at Gage Hall / 4 Archdale Street / Charleston SC

The meeting is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The speaker at our March meeting will be Dr. Walter Limehouse from MUSC who will present a brief talk about the principles of bioethics followed by an example of case consultation.

According to Wikipedia, “The field of bioethics addresses a broad swath of human inquiry, ranging from debates over the boundaries of life (e.g. abortion, euthanasia) to the allocation of scarce health care resources (e.g. organ donation, health care rationing) to the right to turn down medical care for religious or cultural reasons. Bioethicists often disagree among themselves over the precise limits of their discipline, debating whether the field should concern itself with the ethical evaluation of all questions involving biology and medicine, or only a subset of these questions.”

The same Wikipedia entry mentions that theological questions arise in bioethics and summarizes the bioethical viewpoints of specific religions including Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism. However, this subject could be of interest to members of the SHL not only because it involves questions both of science and religion, but more generally because the ethical questions it addresses are interesting, important and extremely difficult.

Dr. Walter Limehouse graduated from MUSC in 1974.  He served in the National Health Service Corps in rural North Carolina and completed residency in pathology at Brown University in Providence, RI.  His emergency medicine practice started in 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia, during the early years of the specialty. 

In 1997, Dr. Limehouse returned to MUSC to help develop a residency in Emergency Medicine.

Currently, Dr. Limehouse is on the executive committee of the University Faculty Senate and serves on MUSC’s Ethics Committee and Ethics Consult Service.  He enjoys teaching in the Doctoring Curriculum courses on Introduction to Clinical Ethics and Physical Diagnosis.  He coordinates MUSC Celebrations of St. Luke's Day, exploring connections between religious faith, literature, music and healing.

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