A Possible Rift: Autonomy and the Sanctity of Life

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Per the Pew Research Center, a majority of Americans have some religious affiliation (77%) and consider religion either very important (53%) or somewhat important (24%) to their lives (2015). This number has significant consequences both for the health of Americans, as well as the practice of medicine in the United States. Psychiatrist and director of […]

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“This Too Will Pass, or Will It?

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It is one thing to know all about an operation that is said to be painful and it is another thing when you are the one having the surgery. That happened to me this past month when I underwent the surgeon’s knife to repair a long-standing Rotator Cuff Injury to my shoulder. The first step […]

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Conversations on End of Life Conversations

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To learn more about end of life conversations from the perspective of those who work in healthcare or work with end of life issues, I interviewed a doctor, three chaplains, and a professor of social work.  Although most of what they said was similar to what I found in the literature (covered in my last […]

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New Beginnings

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Who questions that I cannot start again, To turn my years of losses into future gain? I had forgotten who I am some time ago Then God given experience whipped my ego I have lost count of what number, new beginning this is This place seems so familiar, as it is! So what makes this […]

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Finding Hope for a Better Death in End of Life Conversations

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For much of society, end of life conversations are considered depressing.  Until recently, I shared that viewpoint and therefore dreaded reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande for a medical sociology class last fall.  Gawande’s perspective, however, completely surprised me.  Instead of viewing death as depressing and something to avoid thinking about, he portrays end of life […]

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