Fart Jokes, Medical Aid In Dying, and the Battle to Bring Joy into Medicine

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. George Bernard Shaw My article “Joy, Suffering and the Goals of Medicine” was not easy to publish. It was rejected by several other journals before being accepted by JAMA-Neurology. I never got a reason … Continue reading Fart Jokes, Medical Aid In Dying, and the Battle to Bring Joy into Medicine

Joy, Suffering, and the Goals of Medicine

As medicine strives to provide person-centered care, it is essential that clinicians support the subjective well-being of people living with serious illness. Toward this end, addressing the subjective suffering of an individual is now recognized as complementary to medicine’s goals of treating disease. Joy, on the other hand, has generally fallen outside the purview of … Continue reading Joy, Suffering, and the Goals of Medicine