The Patient Body: A Conversation with Ann Neumann & Kali Handelman

“The Patient Body” is a monthly column by Ann Neumann about issues at the intersection of religion and medicine.

This month: Editor Kali Handelman interviews Ann Neumann

about her new book, The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in American.  Continue Reading →

Editor on the Radio

Don’t miss my interview on WBAI’s “Healthstyles,” with Barbara Glickstein.  Tonight at 11 pm on 99.5 FM. I’ll be discussing Catholic hospitals and end of life care, issues discussed in my last article for The Nation, found here.

It’s a two part series so check out the second segment on August 25th, same time and place. Continue Reading →

The Bishops, Proving Me Right

I shouldn’t take any credit for predicting the actions of the most predictable institution on the globe, but I’ll take it anyway.  I made the case at The Nation last week that the USCCB’s recent statement on aid in dying would lead to broader crack-downs on end of life rights, privacy, and awareness.  I was right.  According to a new report at Crisis Magazine and a press release from the bishops today, they’ve targeted Catholic professors at four universities:  Georgetown, Marquette, Santa Clara and Boston College.  How did the bishops identify the academics they wanted to discredit?  Writes Patrick J. Reilly at Crisis:

The professors’ efforts came to light during a Cardinal Newman Society investigation in 2005, following news reports of a legal brief filed by 55 bioethicists in opposition to “Terri’s Law,” a Florida measure that empowered Gov. Jeb Bush to ensure that the comatose Terri Schiavo received water and nutrition. As reported in “Teaching Euthanasia,” an exclusive report in the June 2005 issue of Crisis, multiple professors at Catholic universities had taken positions on end-of-life issues that seemed to conflict with Vatican teaching.

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I Think I Know Jack.

by Paul Creeden:
Dr. Jack Kevorkian is the subject of You Don’t Know Jack, an HBO film, which premiered on the cable network in April. Al Pacino plays “Dr. Death,” as Kevorkian was dubbed in 1956 after he performed, in his role as a pathologist, a photographic survey of the pupils of dying patients. Kevorkian has a documented fascination with death and with helping people accept their deaths as an opportunity for medical advancement and he was reportedly fired from a pathology job in 1958 for suggesting that prison inmates be encouraged to volunteer their organs for medical experimentation. Continue Reading →