Ethicists Confront Cancer: When the Professional Becomes Personal

25957In 2006, when Rebecca Dresser was diagnosed with oral cancer, her life was thrown off-balance.

As a professor of law and biomedical ethics, she had been teaching and writing for years about the complex ethical, moral, and medical challenges of dealing with life-threatening diseases such as cancer. Yet she found herself personally unprepared for the experience.

Professor Dresser, author of “Malignant: Medical Ethicists Confront Cancer,” describes her own bout with cancer and how it changed her views about medical ethics. This is the last of The “Exploring Ethics” public lecture series of 2014 focusing on cancer, as seen through the lens of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies.”

Watch Rebecca Dresser in Ethicists Confront Cancer: When the Professional Becomes Personal.

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