The Heberden Society and the Division of Medical Ethics jointly present:
Paul A. Lombardo, PhD, JD
Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law
'The Craze for Legal Proceedings': Schloendorff v. New York Hospital, 1914
Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:00 p.m. (light refreshments at 4:45pm)
Weill Cornell Medical College, 1300 York Avenue
Uris Faculty Room (A-126)
2014 is the centennial of Schloendorff v. Society of the New York Hospital (1914), the case in which Benjamin Cardozo wrote one of the most recognized lines in medical jurisprudence: "Every human being of adult years and sound mind has a right to determine what shall be done to his own body." Mary Schloendorff's lawsuit focused on the claim that doctors had operated on her without consent. This presentation will focus on newly discovered archival records that show the New York Hospital's defense strategy in the Schloendorff case. This new material reframes Schloendorff as an early skirmish in the 20th Century medical malpractice wars.
Paul A. Lombardo is a lawyer/historian who currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, where he has participated in studies such as "Ethically Impossible": STD Research in Guatemala from 1946-1948 (2011), Moral Science: Protecting Participants in Human Subjects Research (2011), and Privacy and Progress in Whole Genome Sequencing (2012). He has published extensively on topics in health law, medico-legal history, and bioethics and is best known for his work on the legal history of the American eugenics movement. His books include: Fletcher's Clinical Ethics, (3rd ed.)( 2005); Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court and Buck v. Bell; (2008) and A Century of Eugenics in America: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era (2011).
The Heberden Society, which seeks to promote an interest in the history of medicine, was founded at the medical center in 1975. With funding from the Office of the Dean, the society sponsors a series of lectures during each academic year.
The Division of Medical Ethics Seminar Series is a CME activity.
A CME activity:
Target Audience: Weill-Cornell physicians in medical ethics, other interested physicians and health care providers, and students.
Course Objectives: This CME activity is intended to lead to improved patient care and safety based upon an assessment of gaps in physician knowledge, competence and performance. By the conclusion of this series, physicians should learn new content relevant to their practice that informs and thereby improves the clinical care they provide.
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Weill Cornell Medical College designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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Dr. Lombardo has nothing to disclose and does not intend to discuss off-label or investigational use of products or services.
Course Director, Dr. Joseph Fins, and the Planning Committee: Cathleen Acres has nothing to disclose.
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