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Robert Orr, MD, CM
Professor, Medical Education
School of Medicine
Publications    Book Review - Scholarly Journals--Published
  • Orr, RD.  Turn to the Comforter.  [response to “Should family or friends intervene if a terminally ill Christian decides against Life-extending treatment?”]  Christianity Today July 2011;55(7):65 ( 10/2011 )
  • Orr, RD.  What are the Arguments Against Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide?  Today’s Christian Doctor 2011;42(2):30-2 ( 10/2011 )
  • Orr RD.  Dear God, what should we do?  Engage (newsletter of Immanuel Lutheran Church) Jan 2011;29(1):1-2 ( 10/2011 )
  • Orr RD.  Do your family a favor.  Engage (newsletter of Immanuel Lutheran Church) June 2010;28(9):2 ( 10/2010 - 10/2011 )
  • Orr RD.  Medical ethics and the faith factor:  The endangered right of conscience.  Ethics & Medicine 2010;26(1):49-54; on-line In Pursuit of Truth (www.cslewis.org/journal) and at:  findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa4004/is_201004/ai_n53077376/?tag=content;col1 ( 10/2010 - 10/2011 )
  • Orr RD.  Review of Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care:  An Institutional Compromise by Lynch, Holly Fernandez.  In Bioethical Inquiry 2009;6:389-90 ( 10/2009 - 10/2010 )
  • Robert Orr, Wayne Shelton.  A process and format for clinical ethics consultation, Journal of Clinical Ethics, 20, 79-89, 2009 ( 6/2009 - 6/2010 )
  • Orr RD.  Medical ethics and the faith factor:  The endangered right of conscience.  Ethics & Medicine 2010;26(1):49-54 ( 3/2010 )
  • Review of (1) Easeful Death:  Is There a Case for Assisted Dying? by Warnock M, MacDonald E; Oxford University Press, 2008; (2) Death and Medical Power:  An Ethical Analysis of Dutch Euthanasia Practice by ten Have H, Welie J.  Open University Press, 2005; and (3) Euthanasia and the Law in Europe by Griffiths J, Weyers H, Adams M.  Hart Publishing, 2008 in "Ethics & Medicine" ( 12/2009 )
  • Robert Orr, Responding to patient beliefs in miracles, Southern Medical Journal, 100, 1263-1267, 2007 ( 6/2007 - 6/2008 )
  Scholarly Journals--Published
  • Robert Orr, Medical ethics and the faith factor:  the endangered right of conscience, Ethics & Medicine, 26, 49-54, 2010 ( 6/2009 - 6/2010 )
  • Robert Orr, Old enough, Hastings Center Report, 36-6, 15-16, 2007 ( 6/2007 - 6/2008 )
  • Robert Orr. "The Role of Christian Belief in Public Policy." Christian Bioethics 13.2 (2007): 199-209. ( 1/2007 )
    It seems intuitive to the believer that God intended through instruction in the Law to define morality, intended to lead humankind to "the right and the good." God's love for humankind, exemplified by the incarnation, atonement and teachings of Jesus, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, should lead to a better world. Indeed, the Christian worldview is a coherent and valid way to look at bioethical issues in public policy and at the bedside. Yet, as this paper explores, in a pluralistic society such as the United States, it is neither possible nor desirable for Christians to try to force their views on others. Still, it is obligatory for Christians to stand up and articulate their views in the public square. We should try to persuade others using either prudential or moral arugments. While we must be willing to live with "the will of the people," at the same time, we must not be intimidated into accepting the position that our voice is not valid because it has a religious base.
  • Robert Orr. "Rules is Rules." American Journal of Bioethics 6.3 (2006): 40-41. ( 1/2006 )
    abstract not available
  • Robert Orr. "Examine the basis of your ethical values." American Medical News on-line . (2005): -. ( 7/2005 )
  • Grace C, Mone S, Page S, Bernino J, Orr R, Dulaney E. "Health care worker bioterrorism education: An e-mail-based program." Infections in Medicine 22.11 (2005): 550-561. ( 1/2005 )
  Books and Chapters
  • Robert Orr. The History and Current Status of Euthanasia. Chapter 3 in Euthanasia and Hospice Care: Christian Bioethics Series II . Taiwan: Chinese Christian Medical Mission Press, 2006. ( 1/2006 )
  • Perkin RM, Orr RD, deLeon, DM. Long-term ventilation in a child with severe central nervous system impairment. Chapter 5.1 in Ethical Dilemmas in Pediatrics, ed. by Frankel, Goldworth, Rorty & Silverman. . Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005. ( 1/2005 )
  • Perkin RM, Orr RD, deLeon, DM. . Long-term ventilation in a child with severe central nervous system impairment. Chapter 5.1 in Ethical Dilemmas in Pediatrics, ed. by Frankel, Goldworth, Rorty & Silverman.. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005. ( 1/2005 )
  • Perkin RM, Orr RD, deLeon, DM. Long-term ventilation in a child with severe central nervous system impairment. Chapter 5.1 in Ethical Dilemmas in Pediatrics, ed. by Frankel, Goldworth, Rorty & Silverman.. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, . (*)
  Non-Scholarly Journals
  • Robert Orr"Rules is Rules." J Bioethics (AJOB) 2006;6(3):40-1 01 01 2006: 40 - 41 ( 1/2006 )
  • Robert Orr"Physician-Assisted Suicide: Promise or Peril? ." Livin' The Vermont Way 01 01 2005: 23 - 24 ( 1/2005 )