Battle for Medical Ethics
Battle of Ideas 2010, Royal College of Art, London
October 30 and 31, 2010
“The success of modern scientific medicine in prolonging our lives has thrown up a number of new dilemmas. As people live longer, medicine faces new challenges from ageing-related diseases: can we afford to treat these conditions in ever more people, and who should decide? Is it up to us to guarantee our own quality of life in old age by living healthily all our lives? And if so, should patients have more say over treatments, rather than old-fashioned medical authorities? Should we be free to choose alternative therapies, or should the medical profession reassert the primacy of scientific medicine?”
Saturday 30 October 2010
10.30am to 12.00pm Lecture Theatre 1
Ageing and medicine: quality versus quantity?
12.15pm to 1.15pm Lecture Theatre 1
Alternative medicine: the pros and cons
1.30pm to 3.00pm Lecture Theatre 1
Rationing and medicine: what price life? (featuring John Harris,
Lord Alliance Professor of Bioethics, University of Manchester; joint editor-in-chief The Journal of Medical Ethics; member, Human Genetics Commission)
3.30pm to 5.00pm Lecture Theatre 1
Patient centred healthcare: the right to choose?
5.15pm to 6.30pm Lecture Theatre 1
Debating Matters International Final: Organ Donation – UK versus India