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  1. Dena S. Davis (forthcoming). Alzheimer Disease and Pre-Emptive Suicide. Journal of Medical Ethics:2012-101022.
    There is a flood of papers being published on new ways to diagnose Alzheimer disease (AD) before it is symptomatic, involving a combination of invasive tests (eg, spinal tap), and pen and paper tests. This changes the landscape with respect to genetic tests for risk of AD, making rational suicide a much more feasible option. Before the availability of these presymptomatic tests, even someone with a high risk of developing AD could not know if and when the disease was approaching. (...)
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  2. Dena S. Davis (forthcoming). Communal Narratives. Hastings Center Report.
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  3. Dena S. Davis (forthcoming). Franklin G. Miller Works in the De. Hastings Center Report.
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  4. Dena S. Davis (forthcoming). Public Bioethics Across the Pond. Bioethics Forum.
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  5. Dena S. Davis (2013). Ancient Rites and New Laws: How Should We Regulate Religious Circumcision of Minors? Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (7):456-458.
    The ancient practice of metzitzah b'peh, direct oral suction, is still practiced by ultra-Orthodox Jews as part of the religious rite of male newborn circumcision. Between 2000 and 2011, 11 children have died in New York and New Jersey, following infection by herpes simplex virus, presumably from infected practitioners. The City responded by requiring signed parental consent before oral suction, with parents being warned of the dangers of the practice. This essay argues that informed consent is not an appropriate response (...)
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  6. Dena S. Davis (2013). No Surprises, Please! Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 3 (1):8-10.
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  7. Dena S. Davis (2013). Not with a Bang, but a Whimper: Sherley V. Sebelius. Hastings Center Report 43 (1):17-18.
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  8. Dena S. Davis (2012). The 21st Century Challenge to Autonomy and Informed Consent. Les Ateliers de l'Éthique / the Ethics Forum 7 (3):45-58.
  9. Dena S. Davis (2012). What Is an Individualist? Hastings Center Report 42 (6):6-6.
     
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  10. Dena S. Davis (2010). The Ambiguous Effects of Tort Law on Bioethics: The Case of Doctor-Patient Communication. Journal of Clinical Ethics 21 (3):264.
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  11. Dena S. Davis (2009). The Parental Investment Factor and the Child's Right to an Open Future. Hastings Center Report 39 (2):24-27.
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  12. Dena S. Davis (2008). A Thoughtful Look at Disability. Hastings Center Report 38 (2):54-55.
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  13. Dena S. Davis (2008). Boldt V. Boldt. Journal of Clinical Ethics 20 (3):241-243.
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  14. Dena S. Davis (2008). Religion, Genetics, and Sexual Orientation: The Jewish Tradition. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 18 (2):pp. 125-148.
    This paper probes the implications of a genetic basis for sexual orientation for traditional branches of Judaism, which are struggling with how accepting to be of noncelibate gays and lesbians in their communities. The paper looks at the current attitudes toward homosexuality across the different branches of Judaism; social and cultural factors that work against acceptance; attitudes toward science in Jewish culture; and the likelihood that scientific evidence that sexual orientation is at least partly genetically determined will influence Jewish scholars' (...)
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  15. Dena S. Davis (2007). A Tale of Two Daughters: Jewish Law and End-of-Life Decision Making. Journal of Clinical Ethics 18 (4):394.
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  16. Dena S. Davis (2007). Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 32 (4):359-373.
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  17. Dena S. Davis (2007). The Changing Face of "Misidentified Paternity". Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 32 (4):359 – 373.
    Advances in genetic research and technology can have a profound impact on identity and family dynamics when genetic findings disrupt deeply held assumptions about the nuclear family. Ancestry tracing and paternity testing present parallel risks and opportunities. As these latter uses are now available over the internet directly to the consumer, bypassing the genetic counselor, consumers need adequate warning when making use of these new modalities.
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  18. Dena S. Davis (2007). Taking Religion Seriously. Hastings Center Report 37 (4):4.
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  19. Dena S. Davis (2004). Genetic Research & Communal Narratives. Hastings Center Report 34 (4):40-49.
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  20. Dena S. Davis (2004). Genetics: The Not-So-New New Thing. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 47 (3):430-440.
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  21. Dena S. Davis (2003). Cultural Bias in Responses to Male and Female Genital Surgeries. American Journal of Bioethics 3 (2):15.
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  22. Dena S. Davis (2002). Stem Cells, Cloning, and Abortion: Making Careful Distinctions. American Journal of Bioethics 2 (1):47 – 49.
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  23. Dena S. Davis (2001). Child's Right to an Open Future. Hastings Center Report 32 (5):6.
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  24. Dena S. Davis (2001). Is Life of Infinite Value? Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 11 (3):239-246.
    : It is possible and necessary to compare stretches of human life with other goods, such as the good of conserving resources for others. A minute of human life is not of infinite value; all else being equal, a minute of life is less valuable than 10 years of the same life. Nevertheless, this ability to evaluate human life does not necessarily lead to total commodification of human life.
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  25. Dena S. Davis & Suzanne Holland (2001). Introduction. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 11 (3):219-220.
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  26. Dena S. Davis (2000). Groups, Communities, and Contested Identities in Genetic Research. Hastings Center Report 30 (6):38-45.
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  27. Dena S. Davis (1999). Legal Trends in Bioethics. Journal of Clinical Ethics 10 (4):341.
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  28. Dena S. Davis (1999). Rational Suicide and Predictive Genetic Testing. Journal of Clinical Ethics 10:316.
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  29. Dena S. Davis (1997). Cochlear Implants and the Claims of Culture? A Response to Lane and Grodin. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 7 (3):253-258.
    : Because I reject the notion that physical characteristics constitute cultural membership, I argue that, even if the claim were persuasive that deafness is a culture rather than a disability, there is no reason to fault hearing parents who choose cochlear implants for their deaf children.
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  30. Dena S. Davis (1997). Genetic Dilemmas and the Child's Right to an Open Future. Hastings Center Report 27 (2):7-15.
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  31. Dena S. Davis (1996). Mandatory HIV Testing in Newborns: Not yet, Maybe Never. Journal of Clinical Ethics 7:191.
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  32. Dena S. Davis (1996). The Role of Dharma in the Understanding of Professional Morality Among Hindu Physicians in India. Monash Bioethics Review 15:29.
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  33. Dena S. Davis (1995). A Question of Context: A Response to Fred Rosner. Journal of Clinical Ethics 6:232.
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  34. Dena S. Davis (1995). Embryos Created for Research Purposes. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 5 (4):343-354.
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  35. Dena S. Davis (1994). It Ain't Necessarily So: Clinicians, Bioethics, and Religious Studies. Journal of Clinical Ethics 5:315.
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  36. Dena S. Davis (1994). Letter From Abroad: Leaves From a Research Diary. Journal of Clinical Ethics 5:135.
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  37. Dena S. Davis (1993). Equal Treatment or Treatment as an Equal? Social Philosophy Today 9:439-453.
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  38. Dena S. Davis (1992). Organ Transplants, Foreign Nationals, and the Free Rider Problem. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 13 (4).
    There is strong sentiment for a policy which would exclude foreigners from access to organs from American cadaver donors. One common argument is that foreigners are free riders; since they are not members of the community whichgives organs, it would be unfair to allow them toreceive such a scarce resource.This essay examines the philosophical basis for the free rider argument, and compares that with the empirical data about organ donation in the U.S. The free rider argument ought not to be (...)
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  39. Dena S. Davis (1991). Rich Cases: The Ethics of Thick Description. Hastings Center Report 21 (4):12-17.
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  40. Dena S. Davis (1987). Children with AIDS in the Public Schools: The Ethical Issues. [REVIEW] Journal of Medical Humanities and Bioethics 8 (2):101-109.
    The question of whether to allow children with AIDS to attend public school generates explosive emotions and has wide-reaching consequences. This paper focuses on the perspective of parents of well children who may be asked to attend school with children who have AIDS. These parents are poised at the heart of the dilemma: they are the ethical “bottom line,” and an argument that fails to satisfy them ought not to satisfy anyone.The conflicting commitments these parents face are first to the (...)
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