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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2006

T C 357 • Law, Ethics, and Brain Policy-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42655 M
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
CRD 007A

Course Description

NB: This course description remains tentative. Law, Ethics, and Brain Policy will cover legal and ethical aspects of brain injury (mental disorders, competency, and criminal responsibility), brain treatments (stem cell, psychosurgery, electroconvulsive therapy), brain imaging (permanently unconscious patients and minimally conscious, lie detection), brain research, brain death policies, and the emerging field of neuroethics and law.

About the Professor William J. Winslade teaches in the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch and in the Health Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy (Northwestern), a J. D. (UCLA School of Law), and a Ph.D. in psychoanalysis (Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute). In addition to scholarship in bioethics and law, he writes books and op-ed articles for general readers. He also serves as a medical ethics consultant for attorneys, hospitals, and patients. Hobbies include golf, basketball, running, and hiking; he also enjoys international travel, card games, and puns.

Grading Policy

This course contains a substantial writing component. One 5 pp essay: 20% One 15 pp research paper: 50% Take home examination: 30%


Robert H. Blank, Brain Policy: How the New Neuroscience Will Change Our Lives and Our Politics William Winslade, Confronting Traumatic Brain Injury: Devastation, Hope, and Healing


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