Feature Conversation (11:50) – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a Russian born author, an outspoken critic of Stalin and the Soviet Union during World War II, and gave insights into the medical world through his work “Cancer Ward”. He won the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature for the ethical force the pursued in his writing. This week celebrated the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Also in this episode:

News (1:10) – Update on abortion and contraception rates and new studies reveal the relationship between the two. (7:10) What genomic prediction is and the moral implications. (9:30) Dutch are prosecuting a physician who euthanized a patient who did not want to be euthanized.

Medical Trivia (Answer at 34:40) – In the 2016 American Hospital Association annual survey, every day in the United States, one in every how many patients are cared for in a Catholic hospital?

Linacre for the Laity (35:45) – Dr. Jonathan Scrafford, talks about what motivated him to choose working in the OB/GYN specialty and his reflection, “Mirror of Patients”: A Reflection on the Honor of Serving as a Male Obstetrician-gynecologist. This work was propted by a time of prayer where Jonathan was meditating on the role of Saint Joseph in the holy family and the privilage of caring for women as they journey through pregnancy, child bearing, and breastfeeding.

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D. Scrafford, Jonathan. (2018). “Mirror of Patients”: A Reflection on the Honor of Serving as a Male Obstetrician-gynecologist. The Linacre Quarterly. 85. 202-203. 10.1177/0024363918780301.
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