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Once again the Sanremo festival has hit its real target, which is not of course to promote…  …’il canto italiano’ but to discuss and feed the rumours that are there to distract us from the real problems of our Bel Paese. Yet in reality and unwittingly you could also say that Sanremo is now primarily a social survey, […]

Did the Bin Laden’s doctor behave in a morally and ethically correct manner? This post marks the beginning of something new called “The Bioethics corner.” Bioethics is a difficult matter, it feeds on philosophical principles and concrete medical information, but it also needs to expand from a constant interaction between the practitioner and the rest […]

Some judiciary sentences have proposed the return to the problem of defensive medicine. We should first clarify the difference between passive and active defensive medicine. The first happens when a doctor prescribes an excessive number of lab, radiology or other tests and/or a series of useless or excessive drugs, aiming only to legally protect themselves. […]

I don’t know if you’ve noticed how so-called “informed consent” is managed in hospitals… obviously it won’t always be how I’m about to describe it, but… You are given a sheet of paper to sign, not always by the doctor treating you or the person responsible on the ward, thinking of it as a formality […]

Following guidelines is not enough to absolve a doctor from responsability. prof. Giampaolo Azzoni A recent sentence by the fourth penal sector of the Supreme Court (n.8254 of 4 March 2011) declared a new (and highly problematic) principle: respecting guidelines is not enough to absolve a doctor from responsibility. The sentence also confirmed another, consolidated […]

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