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Carl Elliott, MD, PhD


Professor, Center for Bioethics; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School; Professor, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts

Phone:  612-626-5347
E-Mail:  ellio023@umn.edu



Carl Elliott is Professor in the Center for Bioethics and the Department of
Pediatrics, and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Philosophy
and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He is the author or
editor of seven books, including White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the
Dark Side of Medicine
(Beacon, 2010) and Better than Well: American Medicine
Meets the American Dream
(Norton, 2003.) His articles have appeared in The
New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books, Mother Jones,
The New York Times and The New England Journal of Medicine. In 2011 the
Austen Riggs Center awarded him its Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental
Health Media.

A native South Carolinian, Elliott was educated at Davidson College in North
Carolina and at Glasgow University in Scotland, where he received his PhD in
philosophy. He received his MD from the Medical University of South
Carolina. Prior to his appointment at the University of Minnesota in 1997 he
was on the faculty of McGill University in Montreal. He has held
postdoctoral or visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, East
Carolina University, the University of Otago in New Zealand, and the
University of Natal Medical School (now the Nelson R. Mandela School of
Medicine), the first medical school in South Africa for non-white students.
He has been a Network Fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard
University and a Visiting Associate Professor at the Institute for Advanced
Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He is a Fellow of the Hastings Center, an
Honorary Member of the Caribbean Bioethics Society, and a recipient of an
Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Minnesota's Council of
Graduate Students. He blogs at Fear and Loathing in Bioethics.




White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine (Beacon Press, 2010.)

Prozac as a Way of Life (editor, with Tod Chambers), University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream (W.W. Norton, 2003.)

A Philosophical Disease: Bioethics, Culture and Identity,Routledge, 1999.

The Last Physician: Walker Percy and the Moral Life of Medicine, (editor, with John Lantos), Duke University Press, 1999.

Slow Cures and Bad Philosophers: Essays on Wittgenstein, Medicine and Bioethics, (editor), Duke University Press, 2003.

The Rules of Insanity: Moral Responsibility and the Mentally Ill Offender, State University of New York Press, 1996.

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Selected Articles

Useless Studies, Real Harm. New York Times, July 28, 2011

Making a Killing, Mother Jones, September/October, 2010

The Mild Torture Economy, The London Review of Books 32:18, September 23, 2010.

Mind Game, The New Yorker, September 6, 2010

Guinea Pigging, The New Yorker, January 7, 2008.

Ethics for Sale: For-profit ethical review, coming to a clinical trial near you. (with Trudo Lemmens). Slate, December 13, 2005

When Ethicists Have Conflicts of Interest (PDF), Dissent, Fall 2005

Should journals publish industry-funded bioethics articles? (PDF) The Lancet, July 7, 2005.

Adventure! Comedy! Tragedy! Robots! How bioethicists learned to stop worrying and embrace their inner cyborgs (PDF), Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Volume II, Number 1 (2005).

Pharma Goes to the Laundry: Public Relations and the Business of Medical Education (PDF), Hastings Center Report, September-October 2004.

A World of Our Own Making: Medical Enhancement and the Pursuit of Happiness, Dissent, Summer 2004.

Six Problems with Pharma-Funded Bioethics (PDF), Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 35, 2004.

The Cellular Apocalypse (PDF), The Believer, December 2003.

Not-So-Public Relations: How the drug industry is branding itself with bioethics, Slate, December 15, 2003.

Humanity 2.0 (PDF), Wilson Quarterly, Autumn 2003.

Costing an Arm and a Leg: The victims of a growing mental disorder are obsessed with amputation, Slate, July 10, 2003

American Bioscience Meets the American Dream, The American Prospect, vol. 14 no. 6, June 1, 2003.

Medicate Your Dissent, Speakeasy, May/June, 2003.

Logical Extreme: The next step for "reality" television, The American Prospect Online, May 13, 2003.

Adventures in the Gene Pool(PDF), Wilson Quarterly, Winter 2003.

Attitudes, Souls and Persons: Children with Severe Neurological Impairment(PDF), Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews 9: 16-20 (2003)

Identity and Genetic Ancestry Training, (with Paul Brodwin), British Medical Journal, 2002;325:1469-1471 ( 21 December 2002 ).

Pharma Buys a Conscience, The American Prospect vol. 12 no. 17, September 24, 2001 - October 8, 2001.

Throwing a Bone to the Watchdog(PDF), Hastings Center Report, March-April 2001.

A New Way to Be Mad?   The Atlantic Monthly 283:6, December 2000, pp. 72-84. 

Pursued by Happiness and Beaten Senseless: Prozac and The American Dream(PDF), Hastings Center Report, March-April 2000.

How To Be An Academic Failure: A Guide for Beginners, The Ruminator Review, Winter 2000, pp. 15-16.

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