We don't normally say much about the blogs and websites we link to in our blogrolls to the right, though we are constantly adding new blogs. I'd like to take just a few moments here to mention a few of the most recent additions.
Over in the "Bioethics" section, the two newest links are the Hooked: Ethics, Medicine & Pharma Blog, authored by Howard Brody, and the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog. In the interests of full disclosure, I should say that Dr. Brody is the Director of the Institute for Medical Humanities at UTMB, where I am currently a graduate student. Here's a description of the aims and purposes of the weblog:
Welcome! I am creating this blog to accompany the recent publication of my book, Hooked: Ethics, the Medical Profession, and the Pharmaceutical Industry (Rowman and Littlefield, January 2007--see links). My major goal with this blog is to allow updates on the book's contents. The topic--the relationship between medicine and the pharmaceutical industry--is hot right now, and practically every day, new developments occur and new information is published. I wanted to have a platform to inform interested readers of those developments that seem to me especially pertinent or important, and that might modify some statement or fact given in the book.
Relations between clinicians, investigators, and industry are a long-standing source of interest for me, and there are few more expert on this than Dr. Brody. Recommended.
The other new link in "Bioethics Blogs", the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog, is long overdue. Edited by two palliative medicine physicians, Drew Rosielle and Christian Sinclair, here is an excerpt from the FAQ:
Our target audience is the professionals (MD, DO, RN, LPN, LVN, Home Health Aide, ARNP, SW, Chaplain, Administrators, PT, OT, Speech, Pharmacy, etc.) working in hospice & palliative medicine, but we welcome all readers to this blog, including patients, families and other medical professionals outside of this field.
Our goal is to review current palliative medicine, hospice, end-of-life research with a particular focus on publications not from the major palliative care journals. We also highlight important events in end-of-life care from the news media and entertainment arenas.
A must-read for anyone interested in palliative medicine and end-of-life care.