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Do we need bioethics?

Do we need bioethics Do we need bioethics Two counterarguments: Need and Employability It may be surprisingly annoying to keep defining and defending your speciality every time you are asked about it. To many, including some medical colleagues, I have wasted my time and two dream opportunities: a master at the University of Toronto and a PhD at the University of Birmingham. Instead of 'being a doctor', they tell me in full empathy, I chose a 'theoretical discipline'. Although I had my masters in bioethics at the  University of Toronto Joint Center for Bioethics  more than a decade ago, my listeners got confused when they ask me about my speciality and I quietly utter the word, "bioethics". They respond, "good,  biostatistics  is not bad at all". I try to correct them that bioethics has nothing to do with biostatistics. Some keep this sympathetic look of 'oh dear, what a waste of time?!'. They believe, consciously or unconsciousl

Public Health Surveillance - Complete lecture

 This is the complete lecture on Public Health Surveillance that I gave to medical students as a part of the Community Medicine course. I n the lecture, we learned about: 1- What is public health? 2- What is the epidemiological investigation? 3- Why do we need epidemiological investigation? 4- Who does the epidemiological investigation? 5- What are its uses, with examples of epidemic diseases and natural disasters. This lecture was prepared by Dr. Iman Abdel Halim, PhD in Pathology,