How the Rise of Medical Technology is Worsening Death

Dr. Jessiza Nutik Zitter Health Affairs  Our aging population is at risk from a most benign-appearing source—the medical technologies we trust to keep us healthy. When they were first widely used in the 1930s and 1940s, breathing machines did what humans could never have imagined a generation earlier: They kept young polio victims alive until their bodies cleared [...]

2017-11-10T20:50:02+00:00November 7th, 2017|

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|