Uncharted Territory

Joel Zivot, MD, MA, JM, offers thought-provoking insights at the intersection of medicine, law, and bioethics.

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Pharma and Physicians: The Anthropology of Gift Giving

Personal relationships create the most powerful obligation to reciprocate

April 18, 2023
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Abortion Is Not Murder in the Eyes of the Law

The legal problem with the South Carolina Prenatal Equal Protection Act

March 27, 2023
A photo of a pregnant woman driving.
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Would You Refuse All Medical Interventions After Age 75?

A closer look at the mathematics of aging

March 7, 2023
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Blurred Lines: When Do Physicians Become a Party to Permissive Injury?

We should act in the best interest of athletes' health

January 13, 2023
A photo of Buffalo Bills players surrounding their teammate Damar Hamlin as he is loaded into an ambulance on the field.
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Does Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Constitute Biological Warfare?

Invading in the midst of a pandemic surely begs this discussion

March 7, 2022
Ukrainian troops help civilians cross the shelled bridge connecting the town of Irpin and Kiev in Ukraine.
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What the Titanic Got Wrong About Triage

In the COVID ICU, a life should be a life

February 5, 2022
A scene from the movie Titanic when the lifeboats are being lowered into the water.
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Why Is Dr. Oz Eyeing Washington?

The story of physician burnout may be at play

December 6, 2021
A photo of Mehmet Oz, MD
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The Legal Stakes of a Lab Leak

China could be on the hook for a trillion dollars, but the U.S. isn't blameless

June 13, 2021
Workers in positive pressure suits work in a Biosafety level 4 lab
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Op-Ed: Canada's Medical Assistance in Dying = Torturous Death

It may look peaceful, but closer examination may tell different story

February 16, 2021
The Canadian flag over a photo syringe drawing from a vial
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How Many Might Die Even With a COVID Vaccine?

Some grim back-of-the-envelope math

November 30, 2020
A photo of a nuclear weapon test by the U.S. military at Bikini Atoll, Micronesia, on 25 July 1946
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Doctors Volunteer for COVID-19 Duty: Who Has Their Backs?

"If we are biologically programmed for self-sacrifice, safeguards must be put in place"

March 3, 2020
A doctor in protective clothing holds his gloved hand up towards the camera
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Could U.S. ICUs Handle 45,000-Bed Coronavirus Load?

Here's what a pandemic could look like

February 12, 2020
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