The Least Bad Death: Who Decides?

Less than a month before Massachusetts voters hit the polls, Marcia Angell (BUSM ’67), MD, [...]delivers a timely, if controversial, keynote address at the ninth annual BU Law Pike Conference espousing question two, the so-called “Death with Dignity” initiative. Dr. Angell outlines the act's practical application, offering positive evidence from Oregon's administration of assisted death, and urges the legal and medical communities to consider a patient's right to choose when palliative care falls short.

Dr. Michael Grodin--a professor at BUSPH and BUSM, practicing physician, and longtime director of medical ethics at BMC--responds in opposition to question two, noting his extensive clinical experience and concern for patients who lack adequate access to medical, mental and social care.

Hosted by the School of Law October 15, 2012.

Tags: health, rights, law, legalize, pike lecture, marcia angell, assisted death, terminally ill, petition

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