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Lydia S. Dugdale

Lydia Dugdale, MD, is an internal medicine physician and Associate Director for the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine.

Titles by This Editor

Toward a New Ethical Framework for the Art of Dying Well

Most of us are generally ill-equipped for dying. Today, we neither see death nor prepare for it. But this has not always been the case. In the early fifteenth century, the Roman Catholic Church published the Ars moriendi texts, which established prayers and practices for an art of dying. In the twenty-first century, physicians rely on procedures and protocols for the efficient management of hospitalized patients. How can we recapture an art of dying that can facilitate our dying well?