Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Death and the Landsknecht [EOL in Art 57]

Albrecht Durer's "Death and the Landsknecht" shows death reminding the knight that his time is limited.

Reincarnation and Discrimination - Objections to Brain Death

Dominic Wilkinson argues that if we are going to accommodate religious objections to brain death, then we must also accommodate NON-religious objections to brain death.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Another California Brain Death Dispute - Jonah Panduro

Last week, 12-year-old Jonah Panduro was being pulled by a boat on an inner tube when the metal loop snapped and lodged in his head. 

This weekend, physicians at Fresno Regional Community Hospital declared him brain dead. They plan to remove physiological support today.  (ABC News 1ABC News 2; Fox)

But the family objects. They say: "We have faith, we have hope that there is something that could still be done for him."  They want to fight the hospital but were unable to reach an attorney this Fourth of July holiday.

Death of Socrates [EOL in Art 56]

Accused by the Athenian government of denying the gods and corrupting the young through his teachings, Socrates was offered the choice of renouncing his beliefs or dying by drinking a cup of hemlock. In his 1787 masterpiece, Jacques Louis David shows Socrates prepared to die and discoursing on the immortality of the soul with his grief-stricken disciples. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Thinking about Death [EOL in Art 55]

During the later years of Frida Kahlo's life, she was tortured by numerous illness and complications. This self portrait was painted in 1943 and Frida's health was deteriorated during that period and she had to be bedridden most of the time. 

Due to her poor health condition, death is an inevitable thought which lingering over her mind. In this painting, death is symbolized as a skull and crossbones which shows up in her forehead. In ancient Mexican culture, death also means rebirth and life. In this portrait, she put herself against a background with lavish green leaves, which is a symbol of life. It seems Frida understood that death is a path to another form of life.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Conceptual Framework to Assess the Value of Cancer Treatment Options

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has released a conceptual framework for assessing the value of new cancer therapies based on treatment benefits, toxicities, and costs. 

Developed by the ASCO Value in Cancer Care Task Force, the framework will ultimately serve as the basis for user-friendly, standardized tools that physicians can use with their patients to discuss the relative value of new cancer therapies as compared with established treatments.

ASCO is soliciting comments from all interested stakeholders on the value framework through August 21, 2015. Comments will inform the evolution of the value framework, which will be modified in response to feedback and updated as new data are developed about the utility and impact of new treatments in different clinical scenarios. 

The Ages of Man and Death [EOL in Art 54]

Hans Baldung's "The Ages of Man and Death" (1544) shows death, with his hourglass and broken spear, leading an old woman by the arm. She, in turn, seeks to drag along a young woman at the height of her beauty. A baby lies sleeping on the ground, alongside an owl. A desolate and eerie landscape serves as the sinister setting. Christ appears in the sky, and there is a cross in the sun.  The clear moralizing allegory alludes to the fragility of human existence.

Friday, July 3, 2015

The End of Life Liberty Project

For Independence Day weekend, I am happy to announce that:

The Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) recently expanded its agenda to include The End of Life Liberty Project, to protect and expand the liberties of persons approaching end of life, engaging a broad range of advocacy to ensure that  wishes regarding end of life care are respected.

  • DRLC  advocates for broad end of life choice including the option of aid in dying, and is spearheading such litigation in CA, NY and NM.
  • DRLC is developing cases against providers who ignore, and impose treatment in conflict with, patient wishes, under the federal False Claims Act, asserting that a provider who seeks reimbursement for such is submitting a false claim.
  • DRLC consults on cases where patient wishes for further/continued  life prolonging treatment are being, or were,  ignored.

DRLC welcomes referrals or the opportunity to confer on any such matters.

DRLC continues its 40 year tradition of traditional disability rights work as well.