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Severing Our Roots

June 29, 2015 • Posted in Blog

The Little Fool by Karen Swenholt. Image by Ian Riley Photography.

D. Joy Riley, M.D., M.A.

A couple of years ago, I was encouraged to meet a figurative artist (sculptress, in this case). So I drove many hours to meet Karen Swenholt, and the drive was worth it. One of her pieces is pictured above. It is a metaphor that resonates with many of us: the man feels rooted, bound to the earth, or his circumstances, etc., and yearns to be free. So he takes an instrument into his hand — a knife — to free himself from his hateful condition, not ...read more

Physician-Assisted Suicide: NOT Exactly What Its Proponents Advertise It To Be

May 30, 2015 • Posted in Blog

This Australian stamp was issued in celebration of the General Assembly of World Medical Associations almost 50 years ago. At that time, the hypodermic syringe was a symbol of cure. Now, the picture of gloved hands administering an injection can represent something much more menacing.

D. Joy Riley, M.D., M.A.

The topic of physician-assisted suicide (P-AS) is a persistent one, especially when people are in pain or are worried about impending death. We need to think deeply and well about this issue. To help, the Tennessee Center for Bioethics & Culture is addressing P-AS from a different perspective for the second time in as many ...read more

UK locked-in patient may set dangerous euthanasia precedent — MercatorNet

March 13, 2012 • Posted in Atlas

By Peter Saunders

13 March 2012

http://www.mercatornet.com/careful/view/10440

Transplantation of lungs: recovered from donors after euthanasia — openPR

September 2, 2011 • Posted in Atlas

http://www.openpr.com/news/178737/Transplantation-of-lungs-recovered-from-donors-after-euthanasia.html

Canadian boy moved to US over end-of-life dispute –stltoday.com

March 15, 2011 • Posted in Atlas

http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/article_d3a8ce5e-42e9-5f83-9c23-2b7eabb27e5b.html

Oregon: Death with Dignity Act Annual Reports

February 14, 2011 • Posted in Atlas

http://oregon.gov/DHS/ph/pas/ar-index.shtml

Margo MacDonald’s End of Life Assistance Bill rejected — BBC News Scotland

December 3, 2010 • Posted in Atlas

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-11876821

A dying man explains why euthanasia is so dangerous — heraldsun.com.au

November 23, 2010 • Posted in Atlas

http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/a_dying_man_explains_why_ethanasia_is_so_dangerous

Alzheimer’s Disease

April 26, 2010 • Posted in End of Life

http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2010/april/041210memoryloss-emotion.html

Medical Ethics Musings: On Caring

April 12, 2010 • Posted in End of Life

By R. Henry Williams, M.D., M.A. Chair, Tennessee CBC Board of Directors

Photo:  “Time of Life” by L. Ian Riley

Recently an elderly, long-time patient was brought to my office by his two daughters, who were upset after a visit with his oncologist.  His multiple myeloma and general condition were such that chemotherapy was no longer being recommended.  The oncologist had suggested that they consider hospice care.  The daughters were shocked.  From their perspective, Dad was not in a state of obvious decline, and he was not in any pain.  They expressed to me a feeling of abandonment, and they were turning to me, his ...read more