Interesting Information

This list of books, articles, videos and websites that I appreciate is a
wealth of information.


“When Breath Becomes Air” – Paul Kalanithi, MD
The story of the 36 year old neurosurgeon diagnosed with terminal cancer.
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“Knocking on Heaven’s Door” – Katy Butler
The end-of-life struggles of Katy’s Dad whose extended illness would have been very different had “Slow Medicine” been an option.
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“The Patient in Room Nine Thinks He’s God” – Louis M. Profeta, MD
Wonderful stories of finding God in the ER. My fave.
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“Being Mortal” – Atul Gawande, MD
The beautifully written best seller that opened people’s eyes to End-Of-Life concerns.
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“I’ll Have it My Way – Taking Control of End of Life Decisions” – Hattie Bryant
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“I Don’t Have Time For This – A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Your Parents and Yourself”
Katerine Arnup PhD, CPCC

“50 Sanity Saving Tips for Caregivers” – Carol Core
How to care for your elderly loved ones without killing yourself in the process.

“How To Get The Death You Want – A Practical and Moral Guide” – John Abraham
A comprehensive manual for those reaching end of life, and their friends, relatives and caretakers.
Upper Access Books,



“Great Questions For Anyone” – Story
As heard on National Public Radio, Story Corps encourages storytelling. This list gives some great topics to talk about.
PDF: Great Questions for Anyone

“Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation on Television – Miracles and Misinformation”
– New England Journal of Medicine, June 13, 1996

The storylines in popular Doctor shows paint a very different picture from real life experience. This research paper spells out many important facts to consider.
PDF: CPR on TV – Miracles and Misinformation


Lucy Kalanithi – Lucy Kalanith, widow of author of “When Breath Becomes Air ” has interviews posted on the website.

Peg Battin – “TEDMED 2014: Peggy Battin” – Several different talks (including Med Talks) about her husband’s bicycle accident, paralysis and death.

Phyllis Schacter  – Talks about her husband’s use of Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking (VSED). There are several talks available.

Jamie Sarche – “Breaking Down The Taboos About Death” TEDx CrestmoorParkWomen – Talking about death helps us process what happens. Jamie Sarche wants us to start talking about the hard stuff. More talking equals less fear.



The Conversation Project
Dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. “When it comes to end-of-life care, one conversation can make all the difference.”  Great tools to help you to have the “The Conversation”.
– Ellen Goodman, Founder
Conversation Starter Kit Summary Sheet: TCP Summary Sheet

Compassion and Choices
Nation’s most active nonprofit organization committed to improving care and expanding options for the end-of-life. Thorough resource for Medical Aid-In-Dying and VSED (Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking).

Dispatch Health Services
On-demand in home medical services. Dispatches board certified clinicians to your front door, equipped with
all the tools necessary to provide advanced medical care.

The Grillo Health Information Center
A non-profit organization providing the following services:
– Free confidential research for your personal health questions
– Receive the latest, most trustworthy medical information
– Make informed decisions about your health care and treatment
– Access alternative paths to health


Remarkably, although Slow Medicine takes more time, perhaps, than Fast Medicine, its apparent inefficiency is actually efficient, because it leads to the right diagnosis and the right treatment

Dr. Victoria Sweet

Author, "God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine"