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"Dying Well": Enacting Medical Ethics

Synopsis
A cross-disciplinary symposium held at Barts Pathology Museum, London 26 September 2015. Medical professionals, lawyers, ethicists, policy makers, humanities scholars, cultural practitioners and patient representatives consider what it means to ‘die well’. The springboard for the event is Arthur Schnitzler’s medical drama Professor Bernhardi (1912), which was performed in a new adaptation at Barts Pathology Museum on 23-25 September. The play focuses on a Jewish doctor who prevents a Catholic priest from giving the last rites to a patient who is unaware that she is dying, and takes a wry look at some of the ways in which death is embroiled in wider social structures: cultural, political and religious. The symposium takes up key questions posed by Schnitzler’s unlikely comedy and explores them from a contemporary perspective, in four panels addressing socio-cultural responses to the challenges of biomedicine; bodily practices and embodied knowledge; faith, conscience and the role of doctors; and current institutional perspectives on end-of-life care.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2015
Year of production
2015
Subjects
Medical sciences; Philosophy
Keywords
death; medical ethics; terminal illness; assisted dying

Online availability

URI
http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2015/09/dying-well-enacting-medical-ethics/
Price
Free
Delivery
Streamed/Download

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Name

Backdoor Broadcasting Company

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Notes
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