Respecting a patient's autonomy is a difficult task for mental health care providers. Dr. Rebecca Brendel shares her concerns at Cosmologics.

Ned Cassem

Edwin H. “Ned” Cassem, SJ, MD, a beloved member of our Massachusetts General Hospital family who served as chief of Psychiatry from 1989 to 2000 and was a true leader in clinical ethics, died July 4 at the age of 80.

NICU baby

In NeoReviews, Dr. Adam DeTora and Dr. Christie Cummings discuss practical applications of ethics and the law in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 

HCB Faculty member J Wesley Boyd, MD: Psychologists were allowed to participate in interrogations if they adhered to U.S. law, but they violated every international code of medical ethics.

Rebecca Weintraub Brendel, MD, JD

Testimony of Rebecca Weintraub Brendel MD, JD before the Massachusetts State Joint Committee on Judiciary

Does Brain Difference Affect Legal and Moral Responsibility?

Brains create behavior. Yet we hold people, not brains, morally and legally responsible for their actions. Under what conditions could -- or should -- brain disorder affect the ways in which we assign moral and legal responsibility to a person?

How do doctors resolve ethical dilemmas hidden in everyday patient care? An HMS podcast with Dr. Robert D. Truog. 

Martha Montello

Martha Montello, PhD, who teaches narrative methods in clinical ethics and mentors Harvard trainees and students on narrative methods, medical humanities, and literature and medicine, is the latest faculty member to join the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School.

The journal spans a wide range of subjects and is edited by Center faculty member Martha Montello, PhD 


The Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine of the University of Zurich in collaboration with the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School will offer the first Intensive Bioethics Course, which will be also the 10-year anniversar