In the 25th year of bioethics publishing: new challenges of the post-truth era

As IJME enters its 25th year of publication, all of us closely associated with the journal look back on this journey with a degree of satisfaction. Not only has the only bioethics journal published from India survived for 24 years, it has also produced some extraordinary successes. As you read this issue, we will be celebrating the 12th year of the biennial National Bioethics Conferences – the sixth NBC will take place in Pune from January 13 to 15, 2017. Over the last 25 years, we have witnessed the takeover of medical journals by corporates. We have also seen journals becoming financially dependent on advertisements from corporates, and adopting commercial models for publishing. There are controversies about the erosion of editorial…

Knowing one’s death: philosophical considerations

Coming to know and accept one’s impending death allows terminally ill persons to face their mortality without deception. While life as such is a constant race towards death, terminal illness brings one’s own death closer to experience. Being in the face of death in this manner can be transformed into an ontologically rewarding experience. Research on medical practices of truth telling in cases of terminal illness tends to show that there is healthy…

The safety of women health workers at the frontlines

February 21, 2017

This article, based on the report of the fact-finding team on the gang rape and death of an accredited social health activist (ASHA) in Muzaffarnagar…

“Truth in research labelling”: regarding WAME’s quoted comments

February 13, 2017

We were surprised to read Dr Noble’s article, “Truth in research labelling”. Dr Noble quotes from an email exchange…

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