Physician Aid-in-Dying: Within or Outside the Boundaries of Good Medicine?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 5:45pm to 7:45pm
  • Endowed Lectureships
Timothy E. Quill, MD, Georgia and Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor of Palliative Care; Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Medical Humanities and Nursing, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Farr A. Curlin, MD, Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities; Co-Director of the Theology, Medicine and Culture Initiative, Duke University
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In 2016 Colorado became the seventh state to provide a legal mechanism by which a physician may write a prescription for medications that a terminally ill patient may take to end the patient’s life. Efforts are underway in multiple other states to legalize this practice, described variously as “death with dignity,” “physician aid-in-dying,” “physician-assisted death,” and “physician-assisted suicide.” In the 2017 Emerson Lecture, two physicians, both of whom teach medical ethics and practice palliative medicine at leading academic medical centers, debated whether this practice belongs as part of medical care. Dr. Timothy Quill will argue that it does, and Dr. Farr Curlin will argue that it does not. After brief presentations, Dr. Quill and Dr. Curlin will engage each other and members of the audience in a moderated discussion of this critical issue in contemporary healthcare. Click here for presentation.