Fri, Apr 14|
Room RRH 4.314
The Lost Art of Dying: A Doctor's Notes on Policy & Practices
Human beings focus much more on living well than on dying well. But is this the right ratio? How should we make sense of human finitude? A six-hundred-year-old book provides an answer. Lunch is provided at this event for those who RSVP.
Time & Location
Apr 14, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Room RRH 4.314, 300 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78701, USA
About The Event
Human beings focus much more on living well than on dying well. But is this the right ratio? How should we make sense of human finitude? A six-hundred-year-old book provides an answer. In the wake of western Europe’s black death outbreak in the 1350s, a text was published offering advice to help the living prepare for a good death. The Ars Moriendi — or Art of Dying — made clear that to die well, one first had to live well. What policies and practices might help us reinvigorate such an art today?
About Our Scholar
Lydia Dugdale, MD, MAR (ethics), is the Dorothy L. and Daniel H. Silberberg Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She also serves as Associate Director of Clinical Ethics at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
A practicing internist, Dugdale moved to Columbia in 2019 from Yale University, where she previously served as Associate Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics. Her scholarship focuses on end-of-life issues, medical ethics, and the doctor-patient relationship. She edited Dying in the Twenty-First Century (MIT Press, 2015) and is author of The Lost Art of Dying (HarperOne, 2020), a popular press book on the preparation for death.