Location: New York City, NY
| Date: July 12, 2017 |
THE PROSPECT OF DYING BADLY
JESSICA NUTIK ZITTER + RAMON N. PRATS
This isn’t your average book club. Break open the Tibetan Book of the Dead with Buddhist scholar Ramon Prats and draw comparisons between the ancient text and modern-day perspectives on mortality.
Club Meeting #5: The Prospect of Dying Badly
In medical school no one teaches you how to let a patient die. Jessica Zitter became a doctor because she wanted to be a hero. She elected to specialize in critical care and imagined herself swooping in to rescue patients from the brink of death. But then, during her first code, she found herself cracking the ribs of a patient so old and frail it was unimaginable he would ever come back to life. She began to question her choice. Does the Tibetan approach to dying offer a real solution to the insurance-driven commodification of palliative care in the United States?
A book signing by Dr. Zitter follows.