Sunday, December 21, 2014

Univ. of Minnesota bioethicist tests limits of academic freedom

Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune                                                                                               Carl Elliott would argue that he’s simply doing what he was hired to do.
After all, he’s paid to teach and write about medical ethics.
But if he didn’t have tenure, he admits, he’d probably lose his job in a heartbeat.
Elliott, a bioethics professor at the University of Minnesota, has emerged as one of the most relentless critics of his own academic institution.
In the past few years, he has waged a contentious — some would say reckless — campaign against the U’s psychiatry department, which he blames for the 2004 death of a mentally ill patient.
Elliott is convinced that the department’s research is putting patients in danger, and he has used every means at his disposal to spread that message: in national magazines, campus protests, lectures and  his sometimes incendiary blog, Fear and Loathing in Bioethics.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         one blog entry, he posted an image of Goldy Gopher in a photo montage of serial killers.                  

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