The Ethics of Testing Second Best Treatments in Developing Countries

Open guest lecture by Ezekiel J. Emanuel. The event starts with a reception at 2:45 PM. There will be light refreshments and a chance to network and mingle. The guest lecture starts at 3:30 PM. Registration before August 18.


"Zeke Emanuel is a force of nature. Author, ethicist, cook, medic, policymaker: he makes other over-achievers look lazy and inadequate. There are very few policy experts - in health care or any other field - with Zeke's smarts, political antenna and persuasive Powers." – Richard Wolffe, political analyst. Photo:

About the lecture

Does everyone deserve the world’s highest quality health tests and treatments?  Is it ever ethical to provide people with less effective or more toxic care?  Similarly, is the Declaration of Helsinki right in requiring all new interventions be tested against the world’s “best proven intervention(s)”? What about the WHO, which provides conflicting advice?

Despite decades of debate, these questions, and the larger dilemma of health care quality, remain unsolved. Through examination of such cases as anti-retroviral treatment for HIV/AIDS and cervical cancer screening, Dr. Emanuel will defend the controversial position that it can be ethical to provide less effective or more toxic treatments.

About Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Dr. Emanuel is an American oncologist and bioethicist and fellow at the American think tank Centre for American Progress. Dr.Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former associate professor at Harvard Medical School. Until January 2011, he served as a Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council.

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The guest lecture is free and open for all. Please register due to ordering of light refreshments.

Published June 22, 2016 11:13 AM - Last modified Oct. 27, 2017 12:44 PM