University of Pittsburgh

Alan Meisel's Health Law Students Join the Public Debate

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February 9, 2012

Professor Alan Meisel's students in Current Issues in Health Law have become regular contributors to the public debates over health care and the law, with the work of two students published in newspapers just this week.  Meisel, who holds the Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote Chair in Bioethics and directs the Center for Bioethics and Health Law, requires his students to write ten short essays on health law topics during the one-year course, and to submit five of them to newspapers as letters to the editor.  On Monday, February 6, the New York Times ran a submission by student Erik Bergenthal titled "The Church and the Birth Control Ruling," and on Thursday, February 9, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a submission by student Bryan Murray titled "A Powerful Tool"  about the forthcoming fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  Just this academic year, Professor Meisel says that the New York Times Science Section, USA Today, the Washington Post, and (three other times before today) the Post-Gazette have published other Health Law student work.


See Erik Bergenthal's piece in the New York Times here.


See in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette here.

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