David J. Bearison: Messy decisions at end of life

Institute faculty, Susan Massad, M.D., comments on David J. Bearison‘s, When Treatment Fails: How medicine cares for dying children.

Bearison has a great deal of insight into how messy and non-rule governed end-of-life decisions are….I couldn’t agree more with him that the reality of the end-of-life decision making process is nonlinear, idiosyncratic and unpredictable…..I recently worked closely with several patients/friends who decided to stop active medical intervention at the end of long illnesses…Far from “doing nothing,” the decision to stop active intervention was part of an active, collective process of creating how one is going to leave the world….

Bearison is a professor of developmental psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center.


About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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