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April 15, 2021

Quality of Life

Quality of Life

Kate Tomlinson is a nurse who specialises in palliative care. I wanted to talk with her more about why it’s so hard to talk about death, what it’s like being with people and their families in their last few months, and how society balances extending life vs. quality of life. We also talk about Kate’s work with Doctors Without Borders in central Africa, and how Covid has (or hasn’t) changed the way we think about both global health and mortality.

Recommendations:

The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver

Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande