end of life

  • NewsHour Bookshelf
    February 4, 2016  

    By age 36, neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi had earned five degrees across various fields and was at the end of a residency at Stanford. Then he was diagnosed with lung cancer, a disease that killed him 22 months later. Facing death, he wrote “When Breath Becomes Air,” a memoir of his search for meaning in his last days. His widow, Lucy Kalanithi, joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the book. Continue reading

  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Detroit Economic Club in Michigan on Feb. 4. Dispute over end-of-life procedures that marked Jeb Bush's time in office is may prove to become an issue for the 2016 election. Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
    February 15, 2015   BY  

    Jeb Bush’s effort to stop Michael Schiavo from removing his brain-damaged wife’s feeding tube was a defining moment of Bush’s time in office. Bush, a devout Catholic, sided with Terri Schiavo’s parents in the end-of-life dispute and reached for unprecedented authority to intervene. Michael Schiavo said his wife did not want to be kept alive artificially. As Bush moves toward a run for president in 2016, Michael Schiavo has re-emerged, promising to campaign against Bush and remind voters about the ex-governor’s role in the matter. Continue reading

  • April 26, 2010  

    NewsHour analyst Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, moderated a Miller Center of Public Affairs debate on the ethics of rationing end-of-life health care after the issue gained prominence in the health care reform discussions. Here’s an excerpt: Continue reading