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October 8, 2015

Moral Distress Amongst American Physician Trainees Regarding Futile Treatments at the End of Life

Elizabeth Dzeng and colleagues have just published "Moral Distress Amongst American Physician Trainees Regarding Futile Treatments at the End of Life: A Qualitative Study" in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. "Physician trainees experienced si...
October 8, 2015

Hayley West "I Remember You" [EOL in Art 150]

In "I Remember You" Hayley West invites viewers to engage with her one-on-one. Upon entering the space you will lie down on a cooling bed. While on this death bed, you are asked to contemplate an object/s that you will leave for someone once you are de...
October 7, 2015

Briefing Now Complete in Brain Death Dispute before Nevada Supreme Court

Briefing was completed, this week, in the Aden Hailu case before the Nevada Supreme Court.   The case concerns the proper determination of death on neurological criteria.  The case should soon be set for oral argument.
October 7, 2015

Physician Aid in Dying - Legal History Worldwide

Various forms of medical aid in dying have been approved across the world.  The World Right-to-Die News List compiled the following states and nations.  Each law has its own limits, rules and guidelines. I like this list because it...
October 7, 2015

"Fragility" [EOL in Art 149]

In "Fragility" Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva fills the central atrium of Fabrica’s building, a former church,  with a series of delicate veils: rising from floor to ceiling, diffusing the light, obscuring the way forward. Two narrow passages, carefully pierced through the veined walls, invited us in. At the centre of the work one clear viewpoint toward the filtered light from the main window was revealed, an experience the artist compared to the flash of light reportedly observed when close to death.

"Fragility," like much of the artist’s work over the past decade, re-appropriated animal viscera. In this instance caul fat, a membrane that holds the vital organs together, was transformed from a perishable waste product of the pork industry into a sublimely beautiful translucent material via a lengthy chemical process akin to embalming.

Beyond its sensory impact, much of the pleasure in the work lay in understanding its inherent contradictions: the disconnect between the initial state of the material and its aesthetically pleasing result; the artist’s need to witness decay and her effort to halt it, and her desire to bury the viewer in a corporeal labyrinth whilst all the time suggesting a dimension beyond the physical.

October 7, 2015

8th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference (Nov. 6 in Jacksonville, FL)

October 6, 2015

The 2015 Quality of Death Index

The Economist Intelligence Unit has just released the 2015 Quality of Death Index.   This 72-page report is a measure of the quality of palliative care in 80 countries.   The UK ranks first.  Australia and New Zealand take...
October 6, 2015

Wake Up to Dying Project [EOL in Art 148]

This traveling exhibit offers a safe and engaging place for visitors to consider what death, dying, and life mean to them.
October 5, 2015

California Enacts End of Life Option Act

The bill is here. Below is Governor Brown's signing message.   
October 5, 2015

Minnesota Compassionate Care Act - Listening Session

Legalizing aid in dying in Minnesota.  I will be there.

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