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“Decisions at the End of Life: The Illusion of Control and the Sense of Responsibility”

Dr. Youngner is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in biomedical ethics and has published and spoken on topics including: decisions to limit life-sustaining treatment, ethics committees, and physician-assisted suicide.

When: Thursday, March 6, 2014, 8 p.m.

Where: McCune Conference Room HSSB #6020

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures

Description:

More than 2 million people die every year in the United States, almost always in the presence of life-sustaining medical technology. An overwhelming consensus exists that sometimes the choices posed by medical technology make death the least worst alternative. Yet, choosing death or letting go is often a painful and contentious business. Dr. Youngner will explore some of the ways our society and others are coping with this unavoidable dilemma.

Dr. Youngner is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in biomedical ethics and has published and spoken on topics including: decisions to limit life-sustaining treatment, ethics committees, physician-assisted suicide, advance directives, definitions of death, and ethical issues in organ and tissue retrieval and transplantation. He has published over 90 articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. He is the editor or coeditor of nine books, including The Definition of Death: Contemporary Controversies (Johns Hopkins University Press). His latest book, Physician-Assisted Death in Perspective: Assessing the Dutch Experience, was published by Cambridge University Press in July, 2012.

FREE AND PUBLIC EVENT

Phone: 805-893-2317

Event posted Feb. 18, 2014
Last updated Feb. 28, 2014

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