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Arthur James Dyck, Ph.D.

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Harvard UniversityPh.D.1966

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The Genome Project has stimulated a number of recent articles and books on eugenics. Dr. Dyck's most recent research came from a request by the publishers of Collier's Encyclopedia for a substantial entry on eugenics. Genetics has tried to distance itself from the violations of human rights, fostered by studies of inheritance by physicians and other scientists, ranging from compulsory and coerced sterilization to genocide. But the voluntary involvement of physicians and scientists in these policies is well documented. And they developed the categories of what kinds of people should be regarded as unfit to procreate and, in some cases, unfit to live. Dr. Dyck plans to continue to explore the potential for good and evil in genetic research and its applications.

Another recent and continuing project for Dr. Dyck is the debate over universal access to health care and how to accomplish it. It is interesting to note that this debate is over 75 years old in America. Equally interesting is that the defeat of proposals has occurred in the context of competing plans. Intellectuals have always predicted victory. What has been blurred in these debates is whether individuals who are to be granted access have a right to have their medical needs met, medical needs discovered by a medical diagnosis. If only some medical needs are to be met because of attempts to save money, then the right to actual care will be denied to some. Dr. Dyck will continue to study ways to achieve cost saving that do not compromise medical care and the individual rights.

Dr. Dyck continues to study ethical issues that arise in the context of care for the dying. Events have heated up some of the controversies over the range of care physicians ought to provide. Historically, the struggle of medicine was to separate healing and killing, and to establish trust in the physician-patient relation. Presently, some physicians wish to merge these roles again, for the sake of what they regard as a merciful end to suffering. This surely requires careful research and careful monitoring of the experiment in Holland. Dr. Dyck's current research is an analysis and evaluation of the arguments dividing U.S. courts on physician-assisted suicide. He has signed two book contracts with Pilgrim Press: one will elaborate and extend the work most recently published (as cited); the other will be a reader documenting diverse perspectives as found in theological, philosophical, medical, and legal literature, and in U.S. courts.

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  1. Dyck AJ. Beyond theological conflict in the courts: the issue of assisted suicide. Notre Dame J Law Ethics Public Policy. 1995; 9(2):503-35. PMID: 11653003.
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  2. Reichel W, O'Connor NK, Dyck AJ. Euthanasia and assisted suicide: how should physicians respond? Am Fam Physician. 1992 Sep; 46(3):689-91. PMID: 1514467.
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  3. Dyck AJ. Being a physician and being ethical. Linacre Q. 1992 Aug; 59(3):82-90. PMID: 11651450.
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  4. Dyck AJ. Physician-assisted suicide: is it ethical? Trends Health Care Law Ethics. 1992; 7(2):19-22. PMID: 1576469.
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  5. Dyck AJ. The image of God: an ethical foundation for medicine. Linacre Q. 1990 Feb; 57(1):35-45. PMID: 11651979.
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  6. Reichel W, Dyck AJ. Euthanasia: a contemporary moral quandary. Lancet. 1989 Dec 02; 2(8675):1321-3. PMID: 2574265.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Dyck AJ. Self-determination and moral responsibility. West New Engl Law Rev. 1987; 9(1):53-65. PMID: 11649916.
    Citations: 1     Translation:Humans
  8. Dyck AJ. The President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine: its view of the right to life. Linacre Q. 1985 May; 52(2):110-5. PMID: 11650751.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Dyck AJ. Ethical aspects of care for the dying incompetent. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1984 Sep; 32(9):661-4. PMID: 6470385.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Dyck AJ. Mental retardation as a label: a problem in justice. Linacre Q. 1978 May; 45(2):111-5. PMID: 11662485.
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  11. Dyck AJ. Alternative views of moral priorities in population policy. Bioscience. 1977 Apr; 27(4):272-6. PMID: 11661470.
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  12. Dyck AJ. An ethical analysis of population policy alternatives. Monist. 1977 Jan; 60(1):29-46. PMID: 11661382.
    Citations:    Translation:Humans
  13. Dyck AJ. The Good Samaritan ideal and beneficent euthanasia; conflicting views of mercy. Linacre Q. 1975 Aug; 42(3):176-88. PMID: 11662172.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Dyck AJ. American global population policy: an ethical analysis. Linacre Q. 1975 Feb; 42(1):54-63. PMID: 11661208.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Dyck AJ. Ethical reflections on the Population Commission Report. J Soc Philos. 1974 Jan; 5(1):1-5. PMID: 11663553.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Dyck AJ. Ethics and medicine. Linacre Q. 1973 Aug; 40(3):182-200. PMID: 11662923.
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  17. Dyck A. Procreative rights and population policy. Stud Hastings Cent. 1973; 1(1):74-82. PMID: 11660949.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Dyck AJ. Population, abortion, and human welfare. Perkins J. 1973; 27(1):41-9. PMID: 11660988.
    Citations:    Translation:Humans
  19. Dyck AJ. Perplexities for the would-be liberal in abortion. J Reprod Med. 1972 Jun; 8(6):351-4. PMID: 5038897.
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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.