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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.

Good intentions, flawed policies
9 Aug 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Aboriginal Australia, Australia, family
Why aren't Australian politicians and bureaucrats worried about the state of the Aboriginal family?

Dutch doctors solidly behind euthanasia: poll
6 Aug 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Netherlands, poll
How much can on-line polls be trusted? Not much. An on-line poll about euthanasia? Even less. However, in view of the sketchy state of information about euthanasia in the first country to legalise it, any poll is welcome. The EinVandaag website in the Netherlands surveyed general practitioners in the last week in July and found that Dutch doctors support it, though sometimes reluctantly. (The number of official notifications of deaths by euthanasia rose 13% to 2,636 in 2009, although many deaths are apparently not reported.)

Nitschke in new ploy to import lethal drug
5 Aug 2011 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Nembutal, Philip Nitschke
Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke is trying to use a legal loophole to obtain the euthanasia drug Nembutal for two South Australians. They are among six terminally ill patients who have asked Dr Nitschke to import the sedative through the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s special access scheme for patients with a “legitimate need.”

I swear by Apollo, the healer
2 Aug 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Hippocratic Oath, medicine
The Hippocratic Oath is supposed to be the gold standard for integrity. But how effective has it been in the medical profession?

Googling for madness
26 Jul 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Google, internet, Norway
Anders Behring Breivik absorbed all of his murderous ideology from the internet.

Paper outrage
19 Jul 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: media, News of the World
Will anything better come after Rupert Murdoch?

Affirming Love, Avoiding AIDS
14 Jul 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: AIDS, UN
The best research shows that restraint and fidelity are the solutions to the devastating epidemic. But the bureaucrats aren't listening.

I can’t hack any more of this
11 Jul 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: media, News of the World, UK
The public is being manipulated in the outrage over skulduggery at Britain's most notorious tabloid, the News of the World.

Anything else on the menu?
8 Jul 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: New York, New York Times, same-sex marriage
With the legalisation of same-sex marriage, real marriage becomes just one of a range of legally-recognised options.

Birthday blue
5 Jul 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, euthanasia, human dignity, utilitarianism
Are supporters of legalised euthanasia willing to listen to reason? Maybe not.

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