"Medical Ethics in Emergencies, from Katrina to Ebola and Beyond"
For centuries, philosophers have mulled the ideal ways to divide the goods of society. More recently that question has been applied to medicine. Perhaps the most acute, life-and-death version of this conundrum arises in emergencies--who gets care when there doesn't seem to be enough for everyone? Dr. Sheri Fink, a New York Times correspondent and author of Five Days at Memorial, will illustrate the dilemmas for medical professionals, journalists, and the broader public with examples arising in recent disasters.
Sheri Fink is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Crown, 2013) about choices made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The talk will be followed by a book signing with the author.