Jewish General Hospital

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Which one would you have gone to?

Which one would you have gone to?

Here’s a nifty home experiment that you can do without a grown-up! Try a Google Maps search for “Jewish General Hospital, Montréal.” You’ll get two results. Try to guess which one is the real Jewish General hospital. I’ll give you a hint: It’s not the one labelled “A. Jewish General Hospital.” The real one is clear on the other side of the city, and kind of near my home.

So this morning I had an appointment with the ethicist at the Jewish General Hospital. I looked up the location of the hospital, and when I got the Google Maps result, I thought that there were maybe two “Jewish General Hospitals”—one that was the Jewish General simpliciter, and one that was the Sir Mortimer Jewish General. Since no one had ever mentioned to me that I was going to Sir Mortimer Hospital, I figured that I should go to the other one.

A 35-minute Métro ride and a 5-minute bus ride later, I was at the hospital right on time, at 9 o’clock sharp. I was at the Notre-Dame hospital. It turns out that the first address that’s given as a result in that Google Maps search is actually a completely different hospital that doesn’t have “Jewish” in its name at all. Quelle surprise.

I called everyone that I could think of who was in Montréal, but no one was picking up at 9h on a lundi. I thought about hailing a taxi, but then I remembered that I didn’t have any money. I walked back to the Sherbrooke Métro and called Info Santé. For those of you in Ontario, it’s the Québec equivalent of TeleHealth. She was able to tell me where the Jewish General Hospital was. I found a map of the city in the Métro and looked for a hospital on Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catharine, and the nearest Métro stop.

Turns out there are two hospitals on that street, Sainte-Justine and Jewish General. I went to the wrong one first. Fortunately, they weren’t too far apart.

I arrived a bit over an hour late, and missed the appointment. I was still able to talk to the ethicist afterward, explain what happened, and attend another meeting, but it was a less-than-promising start to today.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2010-651,
    title = {Jewish General Hospital},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2010-02-23,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/02/23/jewish-general-hospital/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Jewish General Hospital" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 23 Feb 2010. Web. 20 Oct 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/02/23/jewish-general-hospital/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2010, Feb 23). Jewish General Hospital [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2010/02/23/jewish-general-hospital/


Class photo

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Bioethics Theory Class 2009

Bioethics Theory Class 2009

Here is a photo of me and my classmates and the prof from Bioethics Theory this year. I’ve blocked out faces just in case they didn’t want to be put on my site. I didn’t ask them or anything. Heh.

This is just after our last class, when we watched The Sea Inside, a movie about a quadriplegic man’s 30-year struggle to be allowed to commit suicide. So if we look a little bit melancholy, that’s probably why. It’s a good movie though, if you’re interested in the topics of euthanasia, assisted suicide, end of life care, etc.

This gives you an idea of what a typical class size is for me now. This is a far cry from the second year of my undergrad, when the prof proudly announced at the beginning of my organic chemistry class that we were students in the single largest undergraduate chemistry course to be taught, ever. There were 1600 students in that class.

Now, in my whole programme, there are four of us. There are a couple people who are not in the bioethics programme who are taking the course for other reasons, though, which is why the class is more than four students.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-530,
    title = {Class photo},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-12-16,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/16/class-photo/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Class photo" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 16 Dec 2009. Web. 20 Oct 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/16/class-photo/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Dec 16). Class photo [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/16/class-photo/


Quality of life

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Quality of lifeThere is a girl in one of the sections of the class that I’m a TA for, who every once in a while, gives me cartoons that she draws while she works on her essays.

I think this one was inspired by discussions that we had in conference regarding quality of life, and the permissibility of euthanasia.

If you missed the cartoon about Signposting, check it out, too. It’s little things like this that made my job as a TA just that much better.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-497,
    title = {Quality of life},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-12-11,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/11/quality-of-life/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Quality of life" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 11 Dec 2009. Web. 20 Oct 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/11/quality-of-life/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Dec 11). Quality of life [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/11/quality-of-life/


Only one essay left now!

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There were some distractions

There were some distractions

I just finished another essay. This is the paper for my Bioethics Theory course. Check out the graph of my progress! Along the x-axis is minutes after 10h this morning. Along the y-axis is word count.

My essay is done, but I could probably go through it and put a bit more work into it tomorrow. My brain is fried now, though.

You can see there were some distractions. Part-way through the day, I got caught chatting when I should have been working. You know who you are!

After this, I have two sets of papers to mark, and only one essay left, but that one’s going to be painful because it’s for the Merleau-Ponty class.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-507,
    title = {Only one essay left now!},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-12-10,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/10/only-one-essay-left-now/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Only one essay left now!" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 10 Dec 2009. Web. 20 Oct 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/10/only-one-essay-left-now/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Dec 10). Only one essay left now! [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/12/10/only-one-essay-left-now/


I just remembered

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District 9

District 9

I just remembered why it is that I posted my review of District 9 under bioethics.

[There is a medium-grade spoiler in this post, so if you want to know nothing about the film before you see it, stop reading.]

I realised while watching the movie that my bioethical training has been having an effect on me. There is a scene toward the beginning of the film, where the main character is about to be cut up and his organs harvested for scientific experiments, against his will, while he is still conscious. When I saw that, I was struck with the horror of the idea of that happening to someone, but in my mind, all my objections were couched in the language of academic bioethics:

“He has not given informed consent for this research!”

“They are breaking the Dead Donor Rule!”

“That action is contrary to all four of Beauchamp and Childress’s principles of medical ethics!”

If you can name all four of Beauchamp and Childress’s principles, then you get 8 points. Two for each one.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-468,
    title = {I just remembered},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-11-25,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/11/25/i-just-remembered/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "I just remembered" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 25 Nov 2009. Web. 20 Oct 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/11/25/i-just-remembered/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Nov 25). I just remembered [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/11/25/i-just-remembered/


Grr …

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I did some research for my final paper in my bioethical theory course recently. I was going to write a paper defending the disaggregation of death. It turns out that Halevy and Brody (1993) already wrote the paper that I meant to, and did a better job than I would have.

I think I was able to salvage it, though. I’m writing a paper that uses the Halevy and Brody as a source, but takes up a different question, namely, When is it appropriate to bring in organ donation policy considerations when justifying a definition of death?

I’m actually feeling happier about this paper topic than the last one, anyway. I have more to say about this topic, and I think my abstract is ready for Wednesday!

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-466,
    title = {Grr …},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-11-24,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/11/24/grr/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "Grr …" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 24 Nov 2009. Web. 20 Oct 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/11/24/grr/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Nov 24). Grr … [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/11/24/grr/


It was much better than I thought it would be

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District 9 Poster

District 9 Poster

District 9 was a very good movie. I was surprised. I didn’t think that I would like it, but Pickles and I went to see it and it was certainly worth our time.

There is certainly violence in this movie, but the violence wasn’t gratuitous—it always serves the storyline.

The story itself is engaging and I found the characters convincing. The story also serves to make a commentary on human nature, generally.

This is very grown-up sci-fi, in that the aliens are not there just because it’s cool to put funny make-up on people. (To be honest, I think they were computer-generated anyway.) The way that they look is an essential part of the telling of the story. One immediately has a gut reaction against the “prawns,” due to their physical appearance. The way that one comes around to see things from the perspective of the aliens by the end of the film is a very clever bit of storytelling, and it’s worth the time to watch it.

I liked the way that it ended, with a bit of mystery. As much as I liked this film, I don’t think I would want to see it again, though. It was really quite graphic.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-463,
    title = {It was much better than I thought it would be},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-11-20,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/11/20/it-was-much-better-than-i-thought-it-would-be/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "It was much better than I thought it would be" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 20 Nov 2009. Web. 20 Oct 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/11/20/it-was-much-better-than-i-thought-it-would-be/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Nov 20). It was much better than I thought it would be [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/11/20/it-was-much-better-than-i-thought-it-would-be/


The Bioethics Unit party

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My classmates at Vendome station after the Bioethics Unit party

My classmates at Vendome station after the Bioethics Unit party

Today was the Bioethics Unit party, held at the beautiful home of the director of the Bioethics Unit. I finally got a bunch of long-awaited details on exactly how the programme works.

We discussed supervisors, length of thesis (no more than 100 pages – darn :P) and details regarding the practicum that will be happening in the Winter term. The majority of the evening was spent getting to know my classmates and other members of the Unit.

It was both a “Welcome to the Bioethics Unit” party and a “Happy Retirement” party for one of the profs who will be stepping down as the Unit director.

Pictured to the right are two of my four classmates at Vendome station. They were headed in the opposite direction from where I was going, so I took the opportunity to photograph them from the opposite platform.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-442,
    title = {The Bioethics Unit party},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-09-20,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/20/the-bioethics-unit-party/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "The Bioethics Unit party" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 20 Sep 2009. Web. 20 Oct 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/20/the-bioethics-unit-party/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Sep 20). The Bioethics Unit party [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/20/the-bioethics-unit-party/


The Biomedical Ethics Unit at McGill

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This is the building for the Biomedical Ethics Unit at McGill

This is the building for the Biomedical Ethics Unit at McGill

Here is the building for the Biomedical Ethics Unit. It is an extremely impressive structure. Just look at it! On the first floor, there are seminar rooms, and a fancy-looking foyer, and there are offices all through the other floors.

After my meeting with the philosophy department, it was recommended to me that I speak with the Biomedical Ethics Unit, to discuss my course choices, and to see what courses they could offer me for the autumn term.

When I arrived, I was greeted by the unit’s administrative coordinator, asking if I was their long-lost bioethicist.

“I might be …” I answered, not entirely sure. Apparently they were wondering when I was going to drop by or contact them. I had been doing most of my communication with the Department of Philosophy, but my programme is very much inter-disciplinary, and so I had neglected to communicate much with the Bioethics side.

We figured everything out and chose the remaining course that I will take this term, and I wandered off and took some pictures of the interior of the building, which is beautiful.

This is the interior of the Biomedical Ethics Unit Building

This is the interior of the Biomedical Ethics Unit Building

Here is a photograph of the sitting area that you’ll see when you first enter the building. Doesn’t it just look warm and inviting? Of course it does.

When I was talking to the director of the Bioethics programme, I finally got to ask about how big my class is. Ready for this? It turns out that there’s four new students in Bioethics this year. Four. Usually it’s a two-year degree, but of course there’s always a few hangers-on, and so there’s about 16 people in the programme, in total.

That’s a small class!

I remember back at Western, in second year, my professor proudly announced that at the time, my Orgo class was the single largest chemistry course ever taught at the undergraduate level, at 1600 students.

Mind you, I’m sure that there will be more than four people in my classes, but still: Four.

Here is a photograph of the door to the Unit, which is also beautiful. I’m going to enjoy studying here. :)

This is the front door to the Biomedical Ethics Unit Building

This is the front door to the Biomedical Ethics Unit Building

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-368,
    title = {The Biomedical Ethics Unit at McGill},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-09-4,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/04/the-biomedical-ethics-unit-at-mcgill/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "The Biomedical Ethics Unit at McGill" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 04 Sep 2009. Web. 20 Oct 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/04/the-biomedical-ethics-unit-at-mcgill/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Sep 04). The Biomedical Ethics Unit at McGill [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/04/the-biomedical-ethics-unit-at-mcgill/


The Leacock Building

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Here is the Leacock Building. The Department of Philosophy is on the 9th floor.

Here is the Leacock Building. The Department of Philosophy is on the 9th floor.

The Leacock Building is not very beautiful to look at, admittedly, but that is where I had my advising appointment with three faculty members in the philosophy department, which is on the 9th floor. Finally, I got some concrete answers with regard to what my courses would be, how to choose them and what to expect for the next two years.

I was given a sheet at this meeting that outlined the requirements for graduation. It was the first time I had ever seen it. When I brought it to the Bioethics Unit office, it was the first time they had seen it, too.

There, I met the prof for whom I will be a TA this year. I also met another Bioethics student, who will be the other TA. Also, the view of the city from the 9th floor was pretty good, but I was busy having a meeting, so I didn’t take any photographs. I’ll try to do that later.

Skill-testing question: In what short work of Stephen Leacock’s is the punch line, “It was a toothpick” ? If you can answer, I will give you 3 points, plus an extra 4 points because it is mine and my mother’s birthday today, and because it’s a pretty hard question, too. Unless you’ve read much Leacock, in which case you’ll probably love that short story as much as I do, and possibly have it memorised.

BibTeX

@online{bgcarlisle2009-366,
    title = {The Leacock Building},
    journaltitle = {The Grey Literature},
    author = {Benjamin Gregory Carlisle},
    address = {Montreal, Canada},
    date = 2009-09-3,
    url = {https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/03/the-leacock-building/}
}

MLA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. "The Leacock Building" Web blog post. The Grey Literature. 03 Sep 2009. Web. 20 Oct 2017. <https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/03/the-leacock-building/>

APA

Carlisle, Benjamin Gregory. (2009, Sep 03). The Leacock Building [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.bgcarlisle.com/blog/2009/09/03/the-leacock-building/


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