Watch every lecture from the 2013-2014 Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series

Largent-slideReye’s Syndrome: A Medical Mystery and a Modern Dilemma
This talk from Mark A. Largent, PhD, examines the history of Reye’s syndrome, the hunt to uncover its cause, and the debates that have emerged over last twenty years about the role of aspirin in Reye’s syndrome. View Webinar

Bosk-slideMedical Sociology as Vocation
This presentation from Charles L. Bosk, PhD, discusses what it means to speak of ‘medical sociology as a vocation,’ using Weber’s classic essay ‘Science as a Vocation’ as its departure point. View Webinar


Fisch-slideThe Declining Provider: Refusal, Responsibility, and Reasonableness
This presentation from Deborah Fisch, JD, examines how we arrived at our current VBAC position, its implications for maternal and child health, and the connection to other instances of declining providers. View Webinar

Loup-slideAre Researchers Ever Obligated to Provide Individual Research Findings to Non-participant Third Parties?
This presentation from Allan Loup, JD, addresses an emerging consensus that, in some circumstances, researchers have obligations to return individual research results to research participants. View Webinar


“Enlightened” Breath: Breathing and Biomedicine
While much is known of the physiological importance of breathing in biomedicine, there is almost no appreciation of its possible therapeutic role. This presentation from Sebastian Normandin, PhD, argues for a new era – an age of enlightenment – in the use of breath and breathing as a healing tool. View Webinar

Vercler-slidePlastic Surgery Ethics: An Oxymoron?
In this lecture, Dr. Christian J. Vercler examines the distinctions made between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, discusses how plastic surgeons think about those distinctions, and uncovers the different ethical frameworks that support these practices. View Webinar


Click here to watch more lectures dating back to 2010, and save the date for the first webinar of the 2014-2015 Series: September 17, 2014.

Join us for a lecture on medical sociology from 2013 Reeder Award winner Dr. Charles Bosk

bbag-iconMedical Sociology as Vocation

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This presentation discusses what it means to speak of ‘medical sociology as a vocation.’ The presentation uses Weber’s classic essay ‘Science as a Vocation’ as its departure point. It describes how medical sociology can play a role in understanding the institution of medicine at multiple levels–from the formulation of national policy to the behavior of front-line workers. It discusses how to best balance objectivity and advocacy.

Nov-13-for-blogJoin us for Dr. Bosk’s lecture on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from noon till 1 pm in person or online:

In person: The lecture will take place in C102 East Fee Hall on MSU’s East Lansing campus. Feel free to bring your lunch! Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

Online: Here are some instructions for your first time joining the webinar, or if you have attended or viewed them before, go to the meeting!

Charles Bosk, Ph.D. holds a secondary chair in the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, with appointments in the History and Sociology of Science department, the Annenberg School for Communication and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.  He is the author of numerous books including Forgive and Remember (University of Chicago Press, 2nd edition 2003), All God’s Mistakes: Genetic Counseling in a Pediatric Hospital (University Of Chicago Press, 1992), and most recently, What Would You Do? Juggling Bioethics and Ethnography (University of Chicago Press, 2008). He has become an authoritative voice in academic and policy debates about professionalism and patient safety. The American Sociological Association recognized his many achievements with the 2013 Leo G. Reeder Award.