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On Defining a 'Natural Death'
Old Age and New Policy
In light of the projection of increasing deficits in the present Medicare program, we must rethink our goals for health in old age and curb our insatiable appetite for longer life regardless of expense. The failure ...
Aging and the Goals of Medicine
...The goals of medicine in the face of biological aging should be, above all, to target those physical and mental conditions that tend to rob old age of human meaning and social significance. Medicine cannot create ...
Modernizing Mortality: Medical Progress and the Good Society
Callahan challenges assumptions about the meaning of health and the goals of health care in an essay on the future of American medicine. He believes that medical advances have exacted a high human cost, creating a greater ...
Rationing Medical Care
Medical Futility, Medical Necessity: The-Problem-Without-a-Name
...What I find most interesting about the struggles over medical futility and necessity is just the fact (watch that word!) that both began with the naive expectation that they could be solved with good medical information. ...