Haider Javed Warraich

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Out of nowhere, a patient I recently met in my clinic told me, “If my heart stops, doctor, just let me go.”

“Why?” I asked him.

Without hesitating, he replied, “Because there are worse states than death.”

Advances in medical therapies, in addition to their immense benefits, have changed death to dying — from an instantaneous event to a long, drawn-out process. Death is preceded by years of disability, countless procedures and powerful medications. Only one in five patients is able to die at home. These days many patients fear what it takes to live more than death itself.

That may explain why this year, behind the noise of the presidential campaign, the right-to-die movement has made several big legislative advances.…  Seguir leyendo »

I was in the middle of having Chinese food with my wife and friends yesterday afternoon when we heard the dull and deathly reverb. The water in our plastic cups rippled. We looked at one another, and someone made a joke about that famous scene in “Jurassic Park.” We tried to drown the moment in humor. But then a rush of humanity descended upon us in the Prudential Center on Boylston Street, right across from where the second bomb blast had just occurred, near the marathon’s finish line.

People gushed across the hallway like fish in white water rapids. It was a blur of bright clothes and shiny sneakers, everyone dressed up for Patriot’s Day weekend on what was moments ago a beautiful spring day.…  Seguir leyendo »