Author | Cynthia M. A. Geppert, MD, MPH


Psychiatrists Must Prevent Suicide, Not Provide It

November 19, 2019


The current Tree of Medicine is rooted in its Hippocratic soil. There are moral absolutes that our profession should stand up for, in spite of legislative or popular pressure, say the authors.

PAS Versus Involuntary Commitment: Is There a Moral Dilemma?

October 29, 2019


Physician-assisted suicide violates the norms of Hippocratic medical ethics. Involuntary hospitalization to prevent suicide affirms those norms, according to the authors.

Food for Thought

January 23, 2018


Some of the thorniest ethical dilemmas in psychiatry evolve around food: forced feeding in anorexia nervosa, artificial nutrition and hydration at the end of life, and the covert administration of psychotropic medications

Left to Their Own Devices: Issues in the Informed Consent Process for Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

October 24, 2017


There is a growing trend for patients to obtain and use tDCS devices without the interposition of a psychiatrist filling the traditional medical-legal role of learned intermediary. The authors explore various issues.

Ethics case quiz | Food for Thought

October 19, 2017


When, if ever, is it ethical to administer a medication to a patient-even an incapacitated one-without his knowledge? Read the case, and weigh in.