End of Life and Stem-Cell Research

Available from February 12, 2018

About this course

Is it ethical to detach the respirator from terminally-ill patients? Or, to administer palliative medicine to suffering patients even if it risks killing them? Can we do stem-cell research? This course explores these and other essential questions relating to the contemporary bioethical landscape, dividing the topic into two parts: end of life issues and stem-cell research.

Learning outcomes:

– Moral implications of the distinction between using ordinary and extraordinary means to save a life

– The difference between foreseeing and intending harmful consequences, and the significance of this distinction in the context of medical care

– Spiritual assistance owed to those at the end of their life

– Scientific and moral differences between adult and embryonic stem-cell research

Lectures by Dr. Jacques Mistrot

Dr. Mistrot graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baylor College of Medicine in 1968.   He interned and trained in general surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and trained in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the U. of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis and the Children’s Medical Center, Boston.  After 25 years of active practice, he retired in 1998.
Since retirement, Dr. Mistrot has been involved in the area of bioethics and in 2006 organized a course in Catholic bioethics. This course was approved by Bishop Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh in 2008.
In 2007, Dr. Mistrot was certified by the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Health Care Ethics.  He has also been involved in medical mission work throughout Central America since his retirement.  He is married with six children and is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Raleigh.

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Length 5 weeks
Effort 3-5 hours per week
Price $200
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Credits University credit equivalent: 1
Subject Bioethics
Level Beginner – Intermediate
Languages English
Video lectures English
Readings English
Prerequisites None