Jason Karlawish is a Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He studied medicine at Northwestern University and trained in internal medicine and geriatric medicine at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago.
He cares for patients at the Penn Memory Center and studies issues in bioethics. He has investigated the development of Alzheimer's disease treatments and diagnostics, informed consent, quality of life, research and treatment decision making, and voting by persons with cognitive impairment and residents of long term care facilities. He is an international proponent of mobile polling, a method of bringing the vote to long term care facilities that minimizes fraud and maximizes voter rights. In 2010, in a widely publicized essay in the Journal of the American Medical Association, he introduced the concept of "desktop medicine," a theory of medicine that recognizes how risk and its numerical representations are transforming medicine, medical care, and health.
Karlawish wrote Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont in part to subvert the convention of the scientist as a dispassionate expert who lives above the social and political order of her times. Open Wound, a novel based on true events along the 19th century American frontier, tells how emotion and passion together with social and political pressures slowly corrupt the scientist's character and ethics, a corruption that drives Dr. Beaumont to increasingly desperate acts. Tragically, he destroys what he most desires, the immortality of fame.
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