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Twelve Myths Concerning Medical Aid in Dying, or Physician-Assisted Suicide

In an age of “alternative facts”, it’s hard to sort out myth from reality when it comes to so-called ‘medical-aid-in-dying’ (MAID)—also called physician assisted suicide (PAS). By whatever label we attach to it, this practice involves a physician’s prescribing a lethal drug for a patient with a putatively terminal illness who is requesting this “service.” …

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Is there a better way to treat seriously ill Californians?

A new report shows about half of seriously ill Californians have access to palliative care. The number is an improvement over 4 years ago, but some doctors say the state could still do a better job of caring for these patients.   Read more at Southern California Public Radio…

Important News From NDY UK: Noel Conway Loses His Assisted Suicide Court Case

Looking at the picture of Noel Conway wearing a breathing mask like mine in today’s Guardian article “Terminally ill Noel Conway loses challenge to assisted dying ban“, I can’t help but feel a profound sense of relief. I acknowledge that acquiring a progressive neuromuscular disability later in life as Conway did is different than growing up with …

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Love and Boundaries in Medicine

  It’s a little-known and rarely discussed fact of medical practice that doctors value the ability to love our patients. If the thought of doctors loving patients makes you queasy, be reassured. I’m not talking about romantic love but the visceral sense of goodwill and impulse to service that draws young people to the profession …

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Doctor-assisted suicide is contagious, too. Why aren’t we sounding the alarm?

For decades, we’ve known that suicide is contagious and that how we talk about it matters. Now, we’re at least starting to see how crucial it is to honor the lives of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain without perseverating ghoulishly on how they died.   Though it’s no easy thing, we’ve got to find a way to destigmatize without normalizing and to eulogize without glamorizing. Depression is a liar, but we don’t …

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We need to make it a national priority to get people hospice and palliative care. Where is the outcry?

  As of Friday, it is again legal in California for doctors to help their terminally ill patients to die. The controversial 2015 legalization of medical aid in dying was in effect for almost two years before it was ruled unconstitutional on May 25 by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia. Friday’s reinstatement of the law, while the appeals process plays …

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