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Michael Cook

Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a BA at Harvard University in the US where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a PhD on an obscure corner of Australian literature. He has worked as a book editor and magazine editor and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in the US, the UK and Australia. Currently he is the editor of BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics, and MercatorNet. He also writes a bioethics column for Australasian Science and contributes occasional op-ed pieces to newspapers and websites in the US, UK and Australia.

UK Doctors consistently oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide
16 Mar 2011 | CAREFUL! |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
A review of research carried out over 20 years suggests that UK doctors appear to consistently oppose euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS). The findings -- which appear in the latest issue of the journal Palliative Medicine, -- highlight a gap between doctors' attitudes and those of the UK public.

Why them?
15 Mar 2011 | FEATURES |
tags: meaning of life, natural disasters, tsunami
This is the hardest question of all in the wake of the death and devastation in Japan.

Helium suicides rising after promotion on internet
13 Mar 2011 | CAREFUL! |
tags: internet, suicide
Helium inhalation promoted by internet suicide and euthanasia sites is becoming a significant factor in Australian suicides.

Aruna Shanbaug can live (part 2)
10 Mar 2011 | CAREFUL! |
tags: euthanasia, India
In the case of the brain-damaged woman Aruna Shanbaug India’s Supreme Court has created an important legal precedent, but it may have failed to clarify some important issues.

Aruna Shanbaug can live (part 1)
9 Mar 2011 | CAREFUL! |
tags: India, passive euthanasia, withdrawal of treatment
Aruna Shanbaug, the brain-damaged woman who has lived in a Mumbai hospital for 38 years, should continue to live, the Supreme Court of India has ruled.

Three ways of dying
8 Mar 2011 | FEATURES |
tags: Africa, euthanasia, India, US
How three women from three countries are dealing with mortality on International Women's Day.

Plans for Australian euthanasia clinics
7 Mar 2011 | CAREFUL! |
tags: Philip Nitschke, South Australia, Tasmania
Although the passage of euthanasia laws in the Australian states of South Australia and Tasmanis is far from certain, activist Dr Philip Nitschke is already making plans. He wants to set up a euthanasia clinic in Adelaide or Hobart as soon as it is legalised.

Rehabilitating eugenics
7 Mar 2011 | FEATURES |
tags: genetic determinism, genetics
Increasingly, people believe that their fates are written in their genes.

Feeding tubes removed from Rwandan grandmother in US nursing home
5 Mar 2011 | CAREFUL! |
tags: futile care
A court-appointed guardian has removed feeding tubes from a 58-year-old comatose grandmother in a Maryland nursing home who has no health insurance and whose children cannot afford to pay for hospice care. In the wake of the controversy over “death panels”, the case of Rachel Nyirahabiyambere, a Rwandan immigrant, could be even more politically explosive than the death of brain-damaged Florida woman Terri Schiavo.

India’s Terri Schiavo awaits her fate
5 Mar 2011 | CAREFUL! |
tags: Aruna Shanbaug, India
The fate of an Indian Terri Schiavo will be decided on Monday by the Supreme Court in Delhi. Aruna Shanbaug, a Mumbai nurse, has been in a coma since 1973, after she was strangled and sexually abused in a hospital ward.

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