University at Buffalo

Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care

Bioethics Bulletin

Editor: Stephen Wear

November, 2000
Volume Seven, Number Eleven
Co-Directors: Gerald Logue, MD and Stephen Wear, PhD

Associate Director: Jack Freer, MD
Research Associates: Adrianne McEvoy and Larry Torcello
Address: Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center
3495 Bailey Avenue Buffalo, NY 14215

Telephone: 862-6563 FAX: 862-5649 or 862-8533
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Newsletter Distribution

This newsletter can be delivered to you via e-mail or fax or over the internet (forward your request to: Jack Freer, MD at: If you prefer fax, call 862-3412 and leave your fax number. We encourage and appreciate the use of e-mail and fax distribution rather than paper for the newsletter.

Center Listservers

The Center now maintains two automated e-mail listservers. BIOETH-LIST is primarily designed for those in the Greater Buffalo area and permits subscribers to post to the list. This list is available for posting local announcements, as well as a medium for discussion of relevant topics. It will also distribute the Center newsletter, "Bioethics Bulletin." If you are on this list, you can send a message to the entire list by addressing the message to: Archives of old BIOETH-LIST messages are maintained at:

BIOBUL-LIST is strictly used for distribution of "Bioethics Bulletin" and is mainly for those outside of Western New York. If you have further questions about this service, contact Jack Freer at 887-4852 or at:

Upcoming Center Meetings

The Center currently has three committees: Community Affairs, Education and Research. All Center members are welcome to participate in these committees.


October 30, 2000 WORKING WITH SPECIAL POPULATIONS/ RECOGNIZING AND WORKING WITH THE DUALLY DIAGNOSED: CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY AND MENTAL ILLNESS. Kathryn Regan Eskew, Hillbert College. Best Western-Batavia, NY. 8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 60. Social Work Continuing Education Department and The Institute for Addictions Studies and Training. Rosemarie Goi at 645-6140. ( GO@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU) Web site:

November 3, 2000. Departmental Seminar The Global Burden of Disease: Plagues, Pestilence and Public Health. Beth Moscato, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, SUNY/Buffalo. 182 Farber. 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Free. Marcia Wopperer. (

November 8, 2000 WNY Health Care Forum "Finding Solutions Through Collaboration". Sam Donaldson, ABC News correspondent, Patricia Schroeder, former congresswoman. Adam's Mark Hotel, Buffalo, NY. 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. $80 per person. Sponsored by The Independent Health Foundation, UB School of Management, Bristol Myers Squibb, Buffalo News. Carrie Meyer at 635-3947. ( Website:

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Presents a series of programs and discussions on

Patient Care at End-of-Life

September 2000 - May 2001
Feeling comfortable with allowing patients to die is antithetical to most physicians and health care professionals. In dying patients, the ability to cure becomes irrelevant; the ability to care is paramount. This series on end-of-life care is designed for physicians, residents, fellows, nurses and other health care professionals to provide an understanding of the legal, ethical and cultural issues of caring for terminally ill patients, and to provide strategies for coping with the tremendous psychological and emotional stress brought on by caring for these patients and their families.

Following the program, participants should be able to:


This series of programs will be presented from 5:00 - 6:00 PM in the Gaylord Meeting Room on the first floor of the Research Studies Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY.

Accreditation - CME, AAFP

Roswell Park Cancer Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

This continuing medical education activity meets the criteria for a maximum of 1 credit hour in Category 1 of the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in this activity.

This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to one hour of Prescribed credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians.


September 25, 2000
Legal Issues: How binding are Advance Directives, Health Care Proxies and Living Wills? December 5, 2000 GENDERED IMMUNE SYSTEMS & THE ETHICS OF REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY by Moira Howes, Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, 2 - 4pm 125 Biomedical Education Building (Lippshutz room, Main St. Campus

October 23, 2000
Dealing With the Dysfunctional Family and End-of-Life Issues Detailed information about the rest of the lectures in this series will be sent to members separately.


The Members Corner is designed to note research, presentations and published articles and books by Center members. Please send all such information to the newsletter editor so that the Center can keep members informed about each other's activities.

Larry Torcello, and Stephen Wear; "The Commercialization of Human Body Parts: A Reappraisal from a Protestant Perspective", Christian Bioethics; Vol.6, No. 2 (2000), pp. 148-164.

Stephen Wear, James Bono, Gerald Logue, and Adrianne McEvoy,; in Ethical Issues in Health Care on the Frontiers of the Twenty-First Century;Dordrecht, Holland: Kluwer Academic Publishers; 2000.


Steve Wear will assume the Editor's responsibilites and requests that you send all news about upcoming events or other announcements to him ( as soon as it becomes available, but before the last weekend of each month if it is to be included in the next issue.