Death Is Not the Enemy
Gustafson, James M.
JAMA. 1984 Nov 2; 252(17): 2458.
The authors, who are associated respectively with the University of Chicago's Department of Medicine and its Divinity School, reflect on the current intense preoccupation with the preservation of physical life and the denial of death as an integral aspect of human life. They question the development of technologies with the prime aim of prolonging life when the result is a "grotesque, fragmented, or inordinately expensive existence." They remind physicians that their major role is to improve the quality of life of their patients, which includes guiding them to a perspective in which the preservation of life does not become their "God." (KIE abstract)
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