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05/27/2015

Brain Death Conference – Milwaukee

On Tuesday June 2,  the Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities will host a day-long conference exploring issues surrounding brain death:  "Death by Brain Criteria."  

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05/27/2015

The Bioethics Commission Remembers Commission Member John D. Arras

Today, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) remembered one of their own. Dr. John Arras, a member of the Bioethics Commission and the Porterfield Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Philosophy and Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia, passed away on March 9, 2015. “He enlivened our […]

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05/27/2015

Bioethics Commission Meeting 21: Live from Philadelphia

We are live from Philadelphia, blogging the 21st public meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission). The Bioethics Commission is meeting today, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. At this meeting, the Bioethics Commission will discuss the role of deliberation and education in bioethics. The Bioethics […]

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05/27/2015

Father at Mt. Sinai [EOL in Art 17]

Max Ferguson's "My Father at Mt. Sinai" depicts his dad on a hospital bed, with a tube under his nose. The curtain in the foreground is a tallit (a Jewish prayer shawl).  I like that dad is mid-speech and engaged with the viewer.

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05/26/2015

New Zealand Case and New York Times Magazine Article Draw Attention to Physician Aid in Dying

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05/26/2015

Cost of Treating Hepatitis C Is Soaring

Here is a fascinating picture from the Wall Street Journal, showing how much Medicare has been spending on hepatitis C treatments lately. You can see that the cost is rising dramatically: Keep in mind, however, that the new and expensive … Continue reading

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05/26/2015

End-of-Life Care Is Getting Worse

Joan Teno's new report in The Journal of Palliative Medicine confirms that there are still large gaps between the kind of care that patients and families want and the care they actually receive. 

Teno and her coauthors compared two surveys, one conducted in 2000, and the second carried out between 2011 and 2013. Each of the studies asked individuals about the care received by elderly loved ones at the end of life.  

Despite all the effort put into improving end-of-life care in recent years, there was a marked decline in satisfaction between the first survey and the second. While 56.7% of respondents in 2000 said that the care their loved one received was “excellent,” only 47% could say the same in the 2011-2013 study.

Teno rightly observes: “People are less satisfied with care at the close of life, and I think it’s now urgent for us to start thinking about what interventions we can do to improve care at the end of life.

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05/26/2015

Death Carts [EOL in Art 16]

The death cart is an object that was used in acts of corporal penance performed by the Hermanos de la Fraternidad Piadosa de Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno. The Brotherhoods were secretive, lay-religious fraternal organizations that served the spiritual needs of Hispanic Roman Catholics in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Public processions reenacted the sorrow and suffering of Christ’s final days.  The female Angel of Death, Doña Sebastiana, serves as a reminder of human mortality and the importance of preparing for a good death through prayer and virtuous deeds. 


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05/25/2015

Mad Max: Fury Road reminds us why we love the post-apocalypse

When it comes to telling big, epic, awesome, mythopoetic stories, our world is boring. It is boring because it is known. We can google any spot on the planet and get a complete breakdown of that place’s ecology, politics, history, industries, and turn-by-turn directions on how to get there. Not only that, most of [...]

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05/25/2015

Louise Vernet on Her Death Bed [EOL in Art 15]

Paul Delaroche created a convincing and transcendent image of his dead wife in "Louise Vernet on her Death Bed" (1845, graphite on slightly textured, moderately thick, cream wove paper). Louise lays blissfully in profile, as both her mouth and ri...

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