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Mark Kuczewski

‘Death With Dignity’ Gains Steam, Remains Divisive

Support for physician-assisted suicide is proliferating in state legislatures across the nation as proponents contend the practice enhances patient freedom at the end of life and guarantees terminally ill adults a way out of pain and suffering. Physician-assisted suicide is legal in only a handful of states including Oregon (the first state to legalize the practice in 1997), Washington […]

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Reflections Of Med Students Upon First Patient Deaths Prove Valuable To Experienced Clinicians

Medical students caring for the terminally ill must learn to be both sensitive and resilient to cope with workplace stress and provide comfort to patients and their families, said a bioethicist to a crowd this week at the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. “Being present to patients and families is a […]

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Stopping Fluids At The End Of Life: A Dilemma Not Just For Kasem’s Family

This piece was first published in Reuters Health. LMM President Randi Belisomo is a contributor. In the family disputes that surrounded American radio icon Casey Kasem’s last weeks of life, his daughter’s decision to carry out Kasem’s wish– to suspend artificial feedings and fluids– was among the most contested. Kasem’s advance directive called for no […]

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