When Medical Technology Diminishes Quality of Life
One woman faces the wrenching moral decision of whether to prolong her father's life with medical technology at the cost of the entire family’s quality of life.
In “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” Katy Butler ponders her parents’ desires for “Good Deaths” and the forces within medicine that stood in the way.
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After his death, I would not rest until I understood better why the most advanced medical care on earth, which saved my father’s life at least once when he was a young man, succeeded at the end mainly in prolonging his suffering.