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University of Virginia Hospital Medical Ethics Committee records

Identifier: MS-11

Scope and Contents

The Hospital Medical Ethics Committee Collection includes agendas, minutes, memos, policy drafts, articles and case studies related to the topics of discussion at committee meetings from its creation in 1983 to 2000. Highlights of the collection include discussions of the "Baby Doe" case, indigent access to care, the Natural Death Act, organ donation, HIV testing, confidentiality, development of the Code of Ethics, and the establishment of the Ethics Consultation Service (ECS) at the University of Virginia Hospital.


  • Creation: 1983-2000

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

In 1983, the University of Virginia Hospital Medical Policy Committee created the Hospital Medical Ethics Committee to develop policies relating to the issues of "Baby Doe" regulations, withdrawal of life support and right to die, brain death determination, and indigent care. The first meeting was on January 4, 1984, and its first chairman was Dr. Edward W. Hook.


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The collection is arranged in chronological order, with the Organizational Ethics Subcommittee papers beginning at Box 5, folder 17.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Ethics Committee.

Physical Description

The collection consists of 5 Hollinger boxes of processed materials.


Processed by:
Historical Collections Staff
A Guide to the Hospital Medical Ethics Committee records, 1983-2000
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library Repository

Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
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P.O. Box 800722
Charlottesville Virginia 22908-0722 United States