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A medical ethicist dives into the millions of dollars raised for risky medical treatments

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As I was shopping in my small Connecticut town this week, I kept running into people raising money. The sailing team was asking for donations in front of the supermarket. The gymnastics team was fundraising with a car wash. A veterans group was fundraising in front of the hardware store. Each group represented a well-established, 21st-century form of crowdsourcing: people asking for financial support from neighbors, strangers, and passersby.

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