De-Medicalizing Death

Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Health Affairs   There’s been an unexpected, and excellent, consequence to California’s new medical aid-in-dying law. For many terminally ill patients, immersion in the process of securing lethal drugs ultimately renders them unnecessary. How did this come about? Passed by the California legislature in late 2015, the End of Life Option Act allows physicians [...]

2017-11-08T17:49:56+00:00September 28th, 2017|

Go Slow On Doctor-Assisted Suicide

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter New York Daily News This month, New York’s highest court struck a blow to those seeking the right to obtain medical aid in dying in the context of terminal illness. It dismissed a case initiated in 2015 by three terminally ill patients requesting the legal right to receive the lethal medications from their [...]

2017-10-23T19:38:01+00:00September 20th, 2017|

NewsReview – Opinion: Kendall Stanley, Helping Others To Die

Source: News-Review How would you like to die? This isn’t academic – dying is personal. And if you were suffering after your 80 or 90 years on this planet, would you like an escape route? The first tenant of the Hippocratic oath is “first do no harm.” But the original version went beyond that to “I will not [...]

2018-01-02T19:39:04+00:00August 28th, 2017|

Should I Help My Patients Die?

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: The New York Times OAKLAND, Calif. — I WAS leafing through a patient’s chart last year when a colleague tapped me on the shoulder. “I have a patient who is asking about the End of Life Option Act,” he said in a low voice. “Can we even do that here?” I practice [...]

2017-10-23T19:36:41+00:00August 5th, 2017|

Proceed With Caution, Jerry Brown

By Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter Source: Huffington post The past few years in this country have seen a grassroots effort to change the dialogue on end of life care. Brittany Maynard became the poster child for choice, for autonomy, something we Americans love. She chose how and when she wanted to die and her choice to end her [...]

2017-10-23T21:49:25+00:00September 28th, 2015|