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Jan. 20: ‘Does Medicine Know How to Approach Death?’

Does Medicine Know How to Approach Death?

Modern medicine is helping us live longer, but it’s also making our deaths longer and more complicated. The end of life involves so many competing voices — doctors, nurses, lab technicians, family members, friends, pastors, even lawyers — that dying requires considerable negotiation and the resolution of conflicting ethics. How can the dying, their families and their health care providers best make decisions? How much responsibility should doctors and nurses bear in such situations? How do we resolve ethical conflicts when a dying person can no longer make decisions for themselves, or when their wishes are unknown?

Join a panel of experts as they explore the ethical challenges of end-of-life care in "Does Medicine Know How to Approach Death?", a Zócalo Public Square/UCLA event on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave. 

John Fairhall, editor-In-chief of Kaiser Health News, will moderate the discussion with UCLA Health System Ethics Center co-founder Katherine Brown-Saltzman; Rev. Lori Koutouratsas, palliative care chaplain at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; Dr. Susan Stone of St. Joseph Health and Annandale Medical Group; and state senator Bill Monning, co-author of California’s End of Life Option Act, which Gov. Brown signed into law last October.

The event is free, but seating is limited, so early registration is recommended. RSVP here.

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