Modern medicine has advanced to the point where many people can be kept “alive” indefinitely by the use of machines that take over life-sustaining functions. Quantity over quality seems to be the rule.
The Hemlock Society of San Diego believes that people should have the right to end their lives when they have reached a point of unbearable suffering without any hope of recovery. To this end, we educate the San Diego public about all end-of-life choices and support other organizations that share this goal.
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When “do no harm” is no longer textbookJuly 8, 2019by Jim Demaine, Md, KevinMD.com, July 7, 2019 A call came about noon a few years ago that a patient I’ll call Stella was being admitted once again. She had come into the ER from her nursing home to receive transfusions. These were now needed every two weeks to keep her alive. The problem was that ... How to Make Doctors Think About DeathApril 28, 2019Opinion piece by Theresa Brown, hospice nurse. New York Times, April 27, 2019 A hospice nurses argues that lack of time is the main cause of over treatment at end of life. She suggests the development of end-of-life treatment guidelines. “Such guidelines exist for a host of conditions: cardiac arrest, diabetes, depression. Though ... Deciding When a Life is No Longer Worth LivingMarch 28, 2019by Joanne Faryon inewsource.org A report about the “vent farms” in Coronado, and the helpless people in it. In California, 4,000 men, women and children are being kept alive with machines in special wards in California’s nursing homes. “The default in the system is to keep people alive at all cost — it won’t let you die ... Doctor Considers The Pitfalls Of Extending Life And Prolonging DeathJanuary 30, 2017Fresh Air, NPR – Jan. 30, 2017 Terry Gross talks with author of “Modern Death” and fellow in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Haider Warraic, about how medicine has changed the end of life. He talks about the realities of CPR, tube feeding, dementia, and advance directives. Listen to the podcast “Doctor Considers The Pitfalls Of ... The end can be sudden in advanced cancerFebruary 8, 2016KevinMd.com Feb. 8, 2016 Many doctors are reluctant to talk about end of life issues. Many families want to avoid the issue altogether and are shocked when the end “suddenly” appears. Read more about doctors’ reluctance to talk about end of life with their patients and their families. The I.C.U. Is Not a Pause ButtonAugust 26, 2015Opinion Piece By Kristen McConnell, New York Times, August 26, 2015 A nurse explains dying in an intensive care unit and corrects the impression that being in ICU is a “pause.” “When I first realized that in intensive care we held lives in limbo more often than we saved lives, I asked a friend who was ... ‘Rational Suicide’ Talk Increasing Among ‘Healthy’ ElderlyApril 8, 2015by Deborah Brauser Medscape April 08, 2015 Rational suicide is discussed at the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) 2015 Annual Meeting. “Our main focus was on the fact that more and more individuals are expressing the wish to end their lives when they’re doing well, and we’re often called upon to see these ... An Impossible ChoiceMarch 28, 2014by Joanne Faryon – KPBS Morning Edition This page of video and audio gives you a glimpse of what it is like in California subacute units. One video talks with the wife a man who lived in nursing home for 10 years in a vegetative state before dying. It covers subjects such as a Do Not Resuscitate ... Dying the Good Death: The Kate Granger StoryOctober 31, 2013by Lindsey Fitzharris in Medium Kate Granger, a 31-year-old physician who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of sarcoma and given less than 5 years to live decided to forgo chemotherapy. She made her decision based on quality of life. “Caricatures depicting the greedy physician running off with bags of money after his patient had succumbed to his ... Letting Go-What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?August 2, 2010By Atul Gawande – The New Yorker – Aug. 20, 2010 “Our medical system is excellent at trying to stave off death with eight-thousand-dollar-a-month chemotherapy, three-thousand-dollar-a-day intensive care, five-thousand-dollar-an-hour surgery. But, ultimately, death comes, and no one is good at knowing when to stop.” “People have concerns besides simply prolonging their lives. Surveys of patients with terminal ...