At the Intersection of Quantity and Quality

Treated to Death

  • September 25th, 2014

Walter Miller (a pseudonym) had put together an “A” team to cure his cancer, but it was actually killing him.

On my first day of vacation this summer, I am driving on the Long Island Expressway with my family when I receive a frantic phone call. Given my reputation among friends and family as an expert on death and dying, […]

Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

  • August 28th, 2014


Imagine you’re at home. You have cancer. You just had another round of chemo, and the phone rings.

“My name is Kate. I’m a health care counselor,” the gentle voice of the caller says from her cubicle in Cherry Hill, N.J.

This is not a typical telemarketing call. She wants to talk with you about your serious illness and, […]

Food and the Dying Patient

Featured in the New York Times Well blog on August 21st

The patient had dementia and could no longer swallow. The intricate workings of the muscles of her throat were failing, and she was no longer able to move food or liquids reliably into her stomach. Instead, they too frequently ended up in her lungs, and she drowned a little […]