What We’re Reading

July 17, 2021 • Posted in Blog

C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D. Distinguished Fellow of the Tennessee Center for Bioethics & Culture

C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D.
Distinguished Fellow

Medically assisted deaths rose by 17% in 2020, continuing upward trend: Health Canada

By Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press
Posted June 8, 2021 1:01 am

I have several concerns about this situation:

  1. For Health Canada, the government health service, to provide access to P-AS is a financial conflict of interest. Medicalized suicide should not be in the hands of those who hold the purse strings.
  2. Pain is manageable but other forms of suffering are not best treated with analgesics. True palliative care must address all forms of suffering.
  3. Medicine should not be coopted by the P-AS juggernaut. To open P-AS to people who are not terminal is a double insult to the profession of medicine.

See below for what else we’re reading this summer…




Carl R. Trueman, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution


Ethan Gutmann, The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem





Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection

Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH , et al.
Open AccessPublished: August 06, 2020
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjmed.2020.07.003


Mild COVID-19 induces lasting antibody protection, study finds

People who have had mild illness develop antibody-producing cells that can last lifetime

Source: Washington University School of Medicine
Date: May 24, 2021
Summary: People who have had a mild case of COVID-19 are left with long-term antibody protection against future disease, according to a new study.


Oh, Canada! Your New Law Will Provide, Not Prevent, Suicide for Some Psychiatric Patients

Mark S. Komrad, MD
June 1, 2021


An Example of Ethical Human Genetic Engineering

Wesley J. Smith
June 27, 2021 3:03 PM