|Isle of the Dead | Arnold Böcklin|
Here are some of my favorite quotes, the first being top, from the article that lead me to his recent essays on death
- Americans’ relationship to death has often struck me as being an extension of our puritan attitudes about sex ... yet many Americans could care less about the deaths of oppressed people at the hands of the state, or from neglect.
- “Our reluctance to honestly examine the experience of aging and dying has increased the harm we inflict on people and denied them the basic comforts they most need,”
- Rather than the kind of palliative care that would allow the dying to sum up their lives and say goodbye, Gawande chronicles how we often opt for invasive treatment that could prolong life, but so often doesn’t.
Here are Dr Sack's thoughts when he was initially diagnosed, followed by The Periodic Table and The Sabbath.
In typical enthusiasm Dr Sack's last tweet