Tag: end of life

Blog Posts (38)

September 25, 2014

So when do you hope to die?

Perhaps you’ve seen it already:  the ever-more-present Dr. Emanuel has a piece in The Atlantic entitled “Why I hope to die at 75.”  Follow the link and you can read it for free online. I confess that, upon learning of the title and the author, my mind was flooded with wisecracks.  I publicly repent of those and will repeat none of them here. I don’t... // Read More »
September 10, 2014

Are Some Life Saving Treatments Overkill?

Thanks to the popularity of medical television shows, most people have witnessed hundreds of fictional cardiac arrests in their lifetime. In most of these scenes, the patient loses consciousness, and the medical team rushes to the bedside: “He’s in V-fib.” … Continue reading
August 28, 2014

“Release to Elsewhere” and (vs?) the Reality

World magazine suggests that the movie version of Lois Lowry’s youth novel The Giver is an important entrée to discussions about human dignity, abortion, and euthanasia. My wife and I saw it last weekend.  Our response to the above:  Maybe, but probably not. The overwhelming message of the movie seems to be about human freedom:  If people have freedom, they will make bad choices, but... // Read More »
August 14, 2014

Taking the Icy Plunge (Or Not)

by Sean Philpott-Jones, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership There’s an epidemic that is sweeping this country. It’s not Ebola, despite all of the hype and misinformation about that disease that has dominated the news in the past two weeks. Rather, I’m talking about the ice bucket challenge. Anyone who has watched television […]
July 16, 2014

de Beauvoir’s A Very Easy Death

My dissertation advisor recommended that I read Simone de Beauvoir’s A Very Easy Death when I was writing my dissertation on ambivalence. …

June 22, 2014

The Fountain of Youth

 “Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” Two weeks ago, family physician Joe Gibes wrote on the shaky medical footing of low testosterone treatment.  This week, Brian Williams reported on the NBC Nightly News that the FDA has issued warnings about thrombotic events... // Read More »
June 19, 2014

Values and Covenants

As has been noted several times on this blog, there is much current discussion of what constitutes “value” in medical/health care.  This is not surprising given the concerns about how much (one-sixth) of the US’s overall economic output is spent on doctors, hospitals, drugs, imaging tests, etc. in the name of getting and keeping Americans well.   One might pause to ask how the language of... // Read More »
May 30, 2014

Your Doctor Has a DNR Order, But Not for the Reasons You’d Think

by Jacob Dahlke, Bioethics Program Alum (MSBioethics 2012) How many doctors would choose to have a “Do-Not Resuscitate” (DNR) order over a full code option? 88.3%, at least according to a new study. For those counting at home, that’s greater than percentage of Americans who currently disapprove of the job that Congress is doing. This means that nearly 9 […]
May 30, 2014

Your Doctor Has a DNR Order, But Not for the Reasons You’d Think

by Jacob Dahlke, Bioethics Program Alum (MSBioethics 2012) How many doctors would choose to have a “Do-Not Resuscitate” (DNR) order over a full code option? 88.3%, at least according to a new study. For those counting at home, that’s greater than percentage of Americans who currently disapprove of the job that Congress is doing. This means that nearly 9 […]
May 23, 2014

Physicians should not administer lethal injections

An “Online First” opinion piece from JAMA (free access) carries an argument, from a group of authors headed by Dr. Robert Truog of Harvard,  that it is profoundly unethical for physicians to administer lethal injections to carry out capital punishment.  Whatever one thinks of capital punishment, write Dr. Truog et. al., for physicians to administer the denoument violates a core ethical principle—that “the involuntary taking... // Read More »