Trent Center Humanities in Medicine Lecture: “The Search for Beauty at the End of Life”
January 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Haider Warraich, MD, Cardiovascular Medicine, Duke University Medical Center
Lunch provided at NOON – Talk begins at 12:10pm
Over the past century, death has become dying – a prolonged phase of life rather than a singular event. Yet the extensive public discussion around this topic has often failed to take into account the existence of beauty at the end of life. As patients and their families struggle amidst what is often a jarring and lonely experience, learning to attend to the presence of beauty can help patients, caretakers, and health professionals achieve a meaningful end.
Haider Warraich is a fellow in cardiovascular medicine at Duke University Medical Center and the author of the upcoming book, Modern Death – How Medicine Changed the End of Life(link is external) (St Martin’s/Macmillan, Feb 2017). He is a regular Op Ed contributor for the New York Times, as well as the Atlantic, Guardian, Wall Street Journal and LA Timesamongst others. He has also contributed to publications including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet and Circulation. He has appeared on CNN, Fox, CBS, PBS, and on NPR shows like the Diane Rehm Show, The World, Marketplace and the BBC World Service.