The "Good" Death
We are very lucky this month to welcome back Guy Micco, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Berkeley. Guy also serves as the Director of the UCB Resource Center on Aging and as Co-Director of the UC Berkeley Program for the Medical Humanities. His presentation is provocatively entitled, "The 'Good' Death,” and he will explore with us contemporary attitudes and their impact on how we care for a person at the end of their life. What happens at the end of life? Do we care about an individual's experience beyond our concern to alleviate 'suffering'? What do we do with attitudes that suggest the 'old,' having lived a long life already, now have less to live for? These questions frame Guy’s literarily inspired presentation, where he will draw from two classics, “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” and “Alcestis” (see attached Guy’s recent article).