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The Sins of We Death-Denying Mortals

This post was originally published here January 31, 2014. You could teach a class in medical ethics using only “Five Days at Memorial” and “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.” And someone really should,  ideally to first-year medical students. Their future patients … Continue reading

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Isn’t it ironic? Tales from the capture of a patient voice

NOTE: This post originally appeared on Harvard Law’s Bill of Health blog. In a previous life I was a headline writer, so I have to give props for the title of this Friday’s Petrie-Flom panel: “Patients and Conflict of Interest: How … Continue reading

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Good dog

NOTE: It’s March 4, 2017. I’m thinking about a friend who has entered hospice. His cancer has gotten to that point. He used to like hearing about my dog before my dog’s cancer got to that point. I wrote this … Continue reading

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Her Name Was Kate Granger

Peacefully & surrounded by loved ones @grangerkate passed away yesterday. RIP my soul mate & TY. Love u 4ever… pic.twitter.com/2ZHrnlbJVn — chris pointon (@PointonChris) July 24, 2016 Dr. Kate Granger died on Saturday, July 23, 2016. According to a tweet … Continue reading

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The Ethics of a Cure

The Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School has posted video of my book talk in its Narrative Ethics Author Series. In attendance were a number of family and friends who were very much involved in the story told in … Continue reading

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OUR TOWN

A story prepared and told for the worship service “The Power of Storytelling as Ministry,” January 17, 2016, at First Parish in Brookline, MA. I saw many of you at Brookline Town Hall recently in a show of support for … Continue reading

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A Divergence Along the Path

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.” (Henry David Thoreau) My friend the reverend hears … Continue reading

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Guardian Over Competing Urgencies

Robert Klitzman insisted on a question mark. When “The Ethics Police” was in consideration as the attention-grabbing title for Klitzman’s probing and perceptive book about institutional review boards, his initial reaction may also have involved an exclamation point. But key … Continue reading

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No Cure for Ambiguity

Ethical decision-making is a balancing act. Sounds simple enough. But finding that balance is about as simple as getting the toxic cocktail right for a round of chemotherapy: Strong enough to do what’s needed, but not too toxic. Benefit and … Continue reading

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The Timeless Desire to Cure and to Care

For the next three nights, PBS will show a new documentary film based on a “biography of cancer” that tells the astonishing story of war, science, and how burning and poisoning came to be curative. I hope to miss not … Continue reading

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