Lancet Commission To Explore Value Of Death Globally

The Lancet: Lancet Commission on the Value of Death
Richard Smith, member of the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death, discusses issues surrounding death, writing, “The Lancet Commission on the Value of Death will explore the relationship of medicine to death, consider failures in the relationship, and share ideas on how it might be improved. … The [Commission] will have a global focus and concentrate on four issues: the medicalization and possible demedicalization of death; how people die and think of death in different countries and cultures; whether the battle with death is beggaring us financially and spiritually; and the utility of attempts to tame death, including advance decisions, assisted suicide, palliative care, the concept of a good death, and the pursuit of immortality…” (10/13).