Saint Louis University

Griffin Trotter, MD, PhD

Selected Publications


Selected Published Essays

  • "The Moral Basis for Healthcare Reform in the U.S." Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 20 (January 2011):: 102-107.
  • "Medicine without Pretense." Lancet 377 (February 19, 2011): 632-633.
  • "Evidence-Based Coercion in Disaster Medicine." In Liberty and Coercion in Health, ed. James Childress. (forthcoming)
  • "The Genesis of a Totalizing Ideology: Bioethics' Inner Hippie." In Bioethics in the Plural, ed. H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. (forthcoming 100th Issue of the Philosophy and Medicine Series, Springer).
  • "Why the West Spurns Medical Rituals." In Ritual, East and West: The Social Construction of Meaning, ed. David Solomon and P.C. Lo. (forthcoming from Notre Dame University Press).
  • "Sufficiency of Care in Disasters: Ventilation, Ventilator Triage, and the Misconception of Guideline-Driven Treatment." Journal of Clinical Ethics 21 (Winter 2010): 294-307.
  • "Abortion, Secular Dogma, and the Sacrament of Sex: Another Failed Attempt to Impose Moral Idiosyncrasies through the Ruse of Argument." American Journal of Bioethics 10 (December 2010): 51-52.
  • "Is 'Discursive Christian Bioethics' an Oxymoron?" In At the Roots of Christian Bioethics: Critical Essays on the Thought of H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., ed. Ana Iltis and Mark Cherry, pp. 2-3-227. Salem, MA: Scrivener Publishing, 2010.
  • "What You Need to Know about Disasters." In Surviving Health Care: A Manual for Patients and their Families, ed. Thomasine Kushner. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • "The UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights: A Canon for the Ages?" Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 34 (June 2009): 195-203.
  • "Case Commentary: Commitment to Improving Quality of Care." In Professionalism in Medicine, ed. John Spandorfer, Charles A. Pohl, Susan L. Rattner, and Thomas J. Nasca, pp. 342-344. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • "The Illusion of Legitimacy: Two Assumptions that Corrupt Health Policy Deliberation." Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 33 (October 2008): 445-460.
  • "Preferred Allocation for Registered Organ Donors." Transplantation Reviews 22 (July 2008): 158-162.
  • "Royce's State of Nature." The Pluralist 2 (Summer 2007): 31-43.
  • "Enough About Rawls Already: Systems Theory and Bioethics in the 21st Century." [peer commentary] American Journal of Bioethics 7 (April 2007): 83-85.
  • "Left Bias in Bioethics: Three Dogmas." In The Ethics of Bioethics, ed. Felicia Cohn and Lisa Eckenwiler, pp. 108-117. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.
  • "Bioethics and Deliberative Democracy: Five Warnings from Hobbes." Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 31 (June, 2006): 235-250.
  • "Interpreting Scientific Data Ethically: A Frontier for Research Ethics." In Research Ethics, ed. Ana Iltis, pp. 165-177. New York: Routledge, 2006.
  • "Is There a Distinctive American Version of Natural Law?" In The Death of Metaphysics; The Death of Culture: Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Morality, ed. Mark Cherry, pp 151-165. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer, 2006.
  • "Bioethics, Christian Charity and the View from No Place." Christian Bioethics 11 (December 2005): 317-331.
  • "When the Trough Breaks." American Journal of Bioethics 5 (November-December 2005): W1 (online).
  • "What Jurisdiction, Whose Justice? A Response to Eckenwiler." Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 14 (Summer 2005): 316-321.
  • "Of Lotteries Lost and Partnerships Forged: The Perils and Promises of Patient Ethics." Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics Volume 14(Spring, 2005): 131-140.
  • "Pragmatism and Ethical Expertise." In Ethics Expertise: History, Contemporary Perspectives, and Applications, ed. Lisa M. Rasmussen, pp. 103-122. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer, 2005.
  • "Why Bioethics is Il Equipped to Contribute to the Debate About Prolonging Lifespans." HEC Forum 16 (September, 2004): 197-213.
  • "Loyalty in the Trenches: Practical Teleology for Office Clinicians Responding to Terrorism." Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 29 (August 2004): 389-416.
  • "Chemical Terrorism and the Ethics of Decontamination." Journal of Clinical Ethics 15 (Summer, 2004): 149-160.
  • "Buffalo Eyes: A Take on the Global HIV Epidemic." Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 12 (Fall 2003): 434-443.
  • "Pragmatic Bioethics and the Big Fat Moral Community." Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 28 (October 2003): 655-671.
  • "Holding Civic Medicine Accountable: Will Morreim's Liability Schemes Work in a Disaster?" Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 28 (June 2003): 339-357.
  • "Emergency Medicine, Terrorism and Universal Access to Healthcare: A Potent Mixture for Erstwhile Knights-Errant." In In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis, edited by Jonathan Moreno, pp. 133-146. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2003.
  • "Balancing Pluralism and the Common Good: A Look at Open-Air Experiments of Biowarfare Agents." Accountability in Research 10 (2003): 109-121.
  • "Is it Ethical for Physicians to Serve Ringside?" Journal of Clinical Ethics 13 (Winter 2002): 367-374.
  • "Virtue, Foible and Practice: Medicine's Arduous Moral Triad." Bioethics Forum 18 (Fall 2002): 30-36.
  • "Of Terrorism and Healthcare: Jolting the Old Habits." [Column: Bioethics and Defense], Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 11 (Fall, 2002): 411-414.
  • "Why were the Benefits of tPA Exaggerated? The Role of Interpretation Bias." Western Journal of Medicine 176 (May 2002): 194-197.
  • "Bioethics and Healthcare Reform: A Whig Critique of Weak Consensus." Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 11 (Winter 2002): 37-51.
  • "Consensus in Bioethics: Illusive or Just Elusive?" [Guest Editorial]. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 11 (Winter, 2002): 1-3.
  • "Pragmatism, Bioethics and the Grand American Social Experiment." American Journal of Bioethics 1 (Fall 2001): In Focus article at
  • "How Effective are Hiden Striking Techniques?" Black Belt December, 2000.
  • "Assisted Suicide and the Duty to Die." Journal of Clinical Ethics 11 (Fall 2000): 260-271.
  • "Culture, Ritual and Errors of Repudiation: Some Implications for the Assessment of Alternative Medical Traditions." Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 6 (July 2000): 62-68.
  • "Mediating Disputes about Medical Futility." Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics 8 (Fall 1999): 527-37.
  • "The Medical Covenant: A Roycean Perspective." In Pragmatic Bioethics, edited by Glenn McGee, 84-96. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1999.
  • "Against Customer Service." The Journal of Emergency Medicine 15 (March/April 1998): 227-34.
  • "The Ten Most Common Questions About Karate Injuries." Black Belt, June 1997.
  • "Royce, Community and Ethnicity." Transactions of the Charles Sanders Peirce Society 30 (Spring, 1994): 231-69.

Selected Books

  • The Ethics of Coercion in Mass Casualty Medicine. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.
  • On Royce. Belmont, California: Wadsworth Academic Publishers, 2001.
  • The Loyal Physician. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1997.


Editorial Work

  • Column Editor: "Bioethics and Defense" for Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics.
  • Editorial Board member for Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, HEC Forum, American Journal of Disaster Medicine, and Christian Bioethics.
  • Editorial Board Member for Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture series, published by Kluwer Academic Publishers and edited by H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., Kevin Wm. Wildes, and Lisa M. Rasmussen.
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member for Practicing Bioethics Series, published by Rowman and Littlefield and edited by Mark Kuczewski.

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