Addressing the Ethical Morass at the Intersection of Media, Medicine and Public Health

I’m honored to be invited to present the 16th Annual Mates David and Hinna Stahl Memorial Lecture at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey tomorrow (April 23).

My topic: “Addressing the Ethical Morass at the Intersection of Media, Medicine and Public Health.”

(Addendum on April 25: now that the talk has been given, I’ve posted my slides.)


It’s a coincidence that Dr. Jon LaPook of CBS News just recently told me that he had delivered The 45th Annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. And his title was, “Public health at the intersection of medicine and the media.”

No, Jon, I did not copy you. My title was submitted a long time ago and our content doesn’t overlap. The themes are somewhat similar. But no direct overlap. But thanks for the mention in your talk – which begins about 19 minutes deep on this clip.




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Marilyn Friedes

April 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Thank you for an enlightening talk yesterday in the Stahl Bioethics Lecture, bringing up issues that we tend to address superficially. We are always reassured by exuberantly optimistic media announcements of medical breakthroughs, ready to accept them without asking the pertinent questions you posed. I’m sending the link to your organization’s web site to my son-in-law who is working on his doctorate in statistics (biostatistics) at Tel Aviv University. Concerned about the ethics of medical information, he knows there is more to research than “lies, damned lies, and statistics”.