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<p>Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis and co-host Eric Meslin, Ph.D., a bioethicist will discuss a variety of medical ethics issues in this week’s rebroadcast on Aug. 1 and 2.</p>

This Week on Sound Medicine — Aug. 2

Dr. Meslin, who is director of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics, will discuss the ethical entanglement of the recent births of the California octuplets and what has been revealed about the lack of regulation of fertility clinics.

Michael Olinger, M.D., medical director of emergency medical services at Wishard Health Services and professor of clinical emergency medicine at the IU School of Medicine, will discuss the medical and ethical aspects of a clinical trial of two devices that are designed to increase blood flow during CPR. The subjects in the trial are not usually able to give consent to participate in the trial.

Fellow bioethicist Margaret Gaffney, M.D., associate clinic professor of internal medicine and geriatrics at the I.U. School of Medicine, will join Sound Medicine to discuss the implications of the suspension of “conscience rule” for medical professionals.

Gary Schwitzer, director of graduate studies in Health Journalism and Communication at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism, will explain the practicalities and ethics of good health-care reporting. His website – – reviews medical journalism and offers practical suggestions for consumers.

A recent survey which showed that up to half of U.S. doctors questioned regularly prescribed placebos for patients. Peter Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D., will talk about the implications of both “sugar pills” and unproven medications used to ease patients’ minds.

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Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health, IU Medical Group and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Primary care segments are underwritten by Wishard Health Services.