Monday, July 12, 2010
An interview at Renal and Urology News with Dr. Lewis M. Cohen, author of the new book No Good Deed: A Story of Medicine, Murder, Accusations, and the Debate over How We Die. The book recounts the case of two nurses who were charged for murder for removing a patient from dialysis. Here's a clip:
During a series of interviews, they recounted a number of remarkable stories of inspiring deaths that followed stopping dialysis. Those were not surprising. What was surprising was this particular case, which had resulted in criminal accusations. To put it mildly, I was shocked and horrified. I became determined to understand what had happened, and in the process discovered that there were a number of similar—and sometimes much more catastrophic—cases around the country where nurses or physicians stopped life-support treatments, provided analgesics to relieve suffering, and then found themselves accused and sometimes even convicted of murder.