Never Too Late to Operate?

February 28, 2018

Surgery near the end of life is common, costly. Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare patients undergo an operation in their final year of life

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In the light of US Central Intelligence Agency guidelines that limited routine care of detainees to promote torture, our Zackary Berger, Leonard Rubenstein and Matthew DeCamp call for sanctions against health professionals who cooperate

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Dozens of doctors, medical ethicists, and lawyers are warning Congress that legislation to allow Americans with life-threatening conditions access to unapproved, experimental drugs risks harming patients’ health

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Roger Kligler writes, “I’m a doctor with incurable stage 4 prostate cancer. When my suffering becomes intolerable, I hope my doctors will permit me the option to end it peacefully with medical aid in dying. Medical aid in dying gives mentally capable, terminally ill adults with six months or less to live the option to request a prescription medication they can choose to take in order to end unbearable suffering by gently dying in their sleep.”

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Ira Byock writes, “Centuries from now, one of the things our era will be known for is the plague of dying badly. A growing number of physicians believe that one solution is helping their dying patients choose to end their lives. I disagree.”

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Burnout continues to be a pervasive problem among physicians

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The liver is a fascinating thing

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Citing uncertainties about the risks and benefits of an experimental therapy for fetuses whose kidneys do not develop, bioethicists at Johns Hopkins, including our Jeremy Sugarman, and a team of medical experts are calling for rigorous clinical trials in the use of a potential treatment, known as amnioinfusion

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