Thomas A. Raffin, M.D.
Thomas A. Raffin, M.D., is professor of medicine and biomedical ethics, chief of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, and co-director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University. His research in biomedical ethics has dealt with withholding and withdrawing life support, medical decision-making in managed care settings and HMOs, and genetics screening and therapy.
No Child Left Without a Brain Scan?Toward a Pediatric Neuroethics
Will my baby be born with a normal, healthy brain? Are neurological problems getting in the way of my child’s learning? Does my teenager have any special vulnerability to emotional disorders? Many parents are plagued by worries like these, questions that possibly could be clarified by brain scans. But when is scanning needed? Who should have access to the results? What safeguards are advisable?