Tag Archives: Volume 3

Ending one’s life on the stage

Angela Belli                                                                             New York City, New York, USA   Writers and physicians often share the same sensibilities […]

A happy individual knows nothing

Basil Brooke Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa   Socrates and his students. Seljuk manuscript, early 13th century. Mubashshir ibn Fātik. Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul It seems that most people, most of the time, tend to avoid the really big questions, the hows and whys of existence, preferring to wait and see what happens when they die. […]

End-of-life care and contingent vs. non-contingent duties

Ronald W. Pies Boston, Massachusetts, United States   Introduction Mr. Joseph B, a 70-year-old widower and retired college professor, is hospitalized in the final stages of metastatic pancreatic carcinoma. His doctors estimate that he has “three or four weeks” to live. The patient is well aware of his prognosis, and, as he puts it, “I […]