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07/06/2015

Death of Socrates [EOL in Art 56]

Accused by the Athenian government of denying the gods and corrupting the young through his teachings, Socrates was offered the choice of renouncing his beliefs or dying by drinking a cup of hemlock. In his 1787 masterpiece, Jacques Louis David sh...

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07/05/2015

Thinking about Death [EOL in Art 55]

During the later years of Frida Kahlo's life, she was tortured by numerous illness and complications. This self portrait was painted in 1943 and Frida's health was deteriorated during that period and she had to be bedridden most of the time.  Due...

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07/04/2015

A Conceptual Framework to Assess the Value of Cancer Treatment Options

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has released a conceptual framework for assessing the value of new cancer therapies based on treatment benefits, toxicities, and costs.  Developed by the ASCO Value in Cancer Care Task Force, the f...

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07/04/2015

The Ages of Man and Death [EOL in Art 54]

Hans Baldung's "The Ages of Man and Death" (1544) shows death, with his hourglass and broken spear, leading an old woman by the arm. She, in turn, seeks to drag along a young woman at the height of her beauty. A baby lies sleeping on the ground, a...

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07/03/2015

The End of Life Liberty Project

For Independence Day weekend, I am happy to announce that: The Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) recently expanded its agenda to include The End of Life Liberty Project, to protect and expand the liberties of persons approaching end of life, engag...

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07/03/2015

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living [EOL in Art 53]

Damien Hirst's 1991 "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living" forces the viewer out of their element by introducing into a gallery setting, a shark that was real enough to frighten you.  The work consists of a thirteen-foot tiger shark preserved in a tank of formaldehyde, weighing a total of 23 tons.

By isolating the shark from its natural habitat, with the formaldehyde providing an illusion of life, the work explores our greatest fears, and the difficulty involved in adequately trying to express them. Hirst states: “You try and avoid death, but it’s such a big thing that you can’t. That’s the frightening thing isn’t it?



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07/02/2015

Jahi McMath – Re-litigating the Determination of Death

Jahi McMath Death Certificate In March 2015, the family of Jahi McMath brought a medical malpractice action against Oakland Children's Hospital and several individual clinicians. I recently blogged about the defendants' demurrers.  Since ...

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07/02/2015

California Mom Christy O’Donnell Fights to Die on Her Own Terms

I make a brief appearance in Katie Couric's interview of Christy O’Donnell about her fight to die on her own terms.



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07/02/2015

After the Supreme Court Decision on Lethal Injection Drug, More Questions

Lillian Ringel and Stephanie Holmquist

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07/02/2015

Even Superheroes Die [EOL in Art 52]

In "Not About Death" Argentina-based photographer Romina Ressia chronicles Superman, Snow White and Wonder Woman as elderly folks, still donning their uniforms. But instead of the flowing manes and perfect complexions of comic or fairy tale y...

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