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“I Aim To Die Like A Dog” — by Kay Dub, in Daily Kos

The website Daily Kos has a great piece by Kay Dub, published on October 13. Here's the link: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/10/13/1804199/-I-aim-to-die-like-a-dog It's quite profound, describing the realities of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, of suffering from prostate cancer. He knows his doctors are good. "Now, I like my current doctors. Hearts seem to be in the right [...]

2018-10-24T00:18:16+00:00October 24th, 2018|

American Academy of Family Physicians adopts new position of “engaged neutrality” on medical aid-in-dying

Big and tremendously positive news:  The extremely influential American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has adopted a new position, called "engaged neutrality," on the question of medical aid in dying.  To make it clearer:  they have DROPPED their position opposing it, by a vote of more than two-thirds of the doctors in their governing body. [...]

2018-10-14T14:57:51+00:00October 14th, 2018|

What The Tests Don’t Show: about doctors and medical tests

An important piece in the Washington Post on October 5, 2018, subtitled "Doctors are surprisingly bad at reading lab results.  It's putting us all at risk,"  by Daniel Morgan, associate professor of epidemiology, public health and infectious diseases at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of hospital epidemiology at the Baltimore VA Medical [...]

2018-10-09T07:57:59+00:00October 9th, 2018|

To Live and Die in Paris

A fascinating opinion piece by Pamela Druckerman in the New York Times on August 19, 2018.  It's about her Parisian friend Helene, in her 70's and terminally ill with metastatic cancer, who is planning to end her life -- to "disappear", as she puts it.  Helene is suffering ... she struggles to walk.  And she's [...]

2018-10-07T20:40:01+00:00October 7th, 2018|

Accepting Professional Accountability: A Call for Uniform National Data Collection on Medical Aid in Dying

A call for universal data collection on the practice of medical aid in dying, with a uniform national standard adopted by medical professionals, by Jean T. Abbott, Jacqueline J. Glover and Matthew K. Wynia, in the journal Health Affairs, published November 20, 2017. The authors recognize that medical aid in dying is now available for [...]

2018-10-07T17:36:59+00:00October 7th, 2018|

People with disabilities want autonomy and freedom at end of life

A powerful guest commentary by Michael Martignetti, suffering from Friedrich's ataxia, a horrible neuromuscular degenerative disease. Mr. Martignetti writes:  "I co-founded the Ataxia Support Group in Boston in 2000, so I know the ravages of this disease, what awaits me at the end of my life, and it will not be pretty. Friedreich’s ataxia causes: [...]

2018-10-04T20:22:06+00:00October 4th, 2018|

The Comforting Fictions of Dementia Care

A fascinating article about the profound ethical dilemmas associated with caring for people suffering from dementia, and in particular on the ethics of being truthful.  By Larissa MacFarquhar in the New Yorker, October 8, 2018. The article describes how medical ethicist Maartje Schermer believes that "To reject happy delusion on principle seems to her too [...]

2018-10-02T16:11:59+00:00October 2nd, 2018|

The Last Thing Mom Asked

The realities of dying of lung cancer, by Sarah Lyall, describing the horrors of her mother's final days, in the New York Times on August 31, 2018.  "Gradually, the illness took hold, the inevitable became less abstract and the jokes stopped.  Mom had vivid dreams of death so awful that she could not bring herself [...]

2018-10-07T11:02:53+00:00October 1st, 2018|

California Dying — blog post by Jerry Dworkin, in “3 Quarks Daily”

A fascinating blog post by medical ethicist and philosopher Jerry Dworkin, published June 1, 2015, at the height of of the campaign to pass California's aid in dying law.  Mr. Dworkin, a Chicagoan, is the author of the 1998 book "Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide." Here's the link...    

2018-09-25T07:21:17+00:00September 25th, 2018|

Final Options Illinois — our September 2018 newsletter

"The Sick Among Us Are Not Burdens To Be Tossed Aside" is the headline on Final Options Illinois 2018 newsletter, making the case that aid in dying does not exist in a vacuum, that health care must become a human right so that everybody can have access to the full spectrum of end of life [...]

2018-09-05T14:10:00+00:00September 5th, 2018|
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