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Oct
17
2019

Speaking for the Dying: Life-and-Death Decisions in Intensive Care - Susan Shapiro

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When: Thursday, October 17, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM  

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, 1st floor/Searle Room, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: FREE

Contact: Myria Knox   312.503.7962

Group: Medical Humanities & Bioethics Lunchtime Montgomery Lectures

Category: Academic

Description:

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics

presents

A Montgomery Lecture

With

Susan P. Shapiro, PhD
Research Professor
American Bar Foundation
Chicago, Illinois

Speaking for the Dying:
Life-and-Death Decisions in Intensive Care

Seven in ten older Americans who require medical decisions in the final days of life lack capacity to make them. For many of us, our biggest life-and-death decisions—literally—will therefore be made by someone else. But how will they decide for us? Despite their critical role in choreographing the end of another’s life, we know remarkably little. Susan Shapiro’s new book, Speaking for the Dying, fills that void. Drawing on daily observations over more than two years in two intensive care units in a diverse urban hospital, Shapiro will share how loved ones actually speak for the dying, the criteria they use in medical decisions on behalf of patients without capacity, and the limited role of advance directives in this process. 

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