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Do Not Resuscitate

Valentine's Day Gifts - Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.

Do You Have a Duty to Perform CPR?

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

I think we all have a right to die the way we want. My biggest concern is whether many of our life-saving techniques just prolong a life of suffering. I have seen the agony that many times accompanies our heroic efforts to stem the force of Mother Nature.

My Wound Is Deep, But Clean

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 09.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

I cannot imagine what it might be like for someone who has outstanding issues with their loved one who dies. I was lucky to be able to spend a lot of time with my mother prior to her death.

The Religious Right's Assault on Palliative Care

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

The medical establishment's support for patient choice exists within a particular, and peculiar, bioethical framework.A problem arises for palliative care physicians when people question their intention.

Do Not Resuscitate Orders: Time for Another Change

Barron H. Lerner | Posted 05.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Barron H. Lerner

Any efforts by the medical profession to curb patient autonomy deserve strict scrutiny lest we return to the unfortunate era of paternalism. And it will not be easy to effect these types of changes.

No Heroic Measures

Adam Neiman | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Adam Neiman

We may not be the Greatest Generation but when it comes to creating moral crusades we're the tops. Now we need a moral crusade to die when our time comes.

Choosing to Die

Sally Abrahms | Posted 12.14.2011 | Fifty
Sally Abrahms

Already, boomers are rewriting the script on aging, reinventing retirement and even death. Choosing the right to die, a.k.a. euthanasia, when we're ill, frail, or no longer have quality of life, may well be the new hot button issue.

Myths and Misperceptions About Primary Care

John Geyman | Posted 10.22.2011 | Books
John Geyman

We are indebted to the late Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for this basic definition of the four pillars of primary care.

What Does God Think Of Our Life-Extending Technology?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 07.10.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

When I lead workshops on completing advance directives, I ask people to prayerfully consider the following questions and to remember that God will be present with them throughout this process.

Does God Choose When The Spirit Leaves The Body Or Do We?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 06.16.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Do you think that God gave us the knowledge to be able to create these technologies, and then, as humans are want to do, we use them way beyond their original intent?

Ready or Not, Big Change is Coming: The Impending Death Of Private Health Insurance

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

Most of us have by now heard many indictments of private health insurance. What's new and may be surprising to many people is this: despite its size and political power, it is a dying industry.

Private Insurers' Goals: Good Targets or Cynical PR?

John Geyman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Geyman

The gap between the rhetorical goal of low cost and price gouging is easy to understand: most insurers are investor owned and put their shareholders first.