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Offering comfort to patients

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

A few years ago, I was in 2nd year of nursing school and attending my first clinical placement on a medical ward.  At the end of the day, our clinical instructor led a teaching session about an interesting patient that one of the student’s had cared for that day.  Read More

Vote on Bill C-384 and the Letter

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Friends of Canadians for Care,

Bill C-384, the bill that proposes to legalize both euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada will be debated in parliament on Tuesday April 20th, 2010. It will be the second hour of debate for the bill. It will voted on – Wednesday April 21st.

The Canadians for Care Letter and list of signatories was submitted today Read More

La véritable dignité

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Par Maximillian Zucchi (La Presse, 31 mars 2010)

Le semestre dernier, j’ai accompagné une physiothérapeute durant son travail à l’hôpital et j’ai eu la chance de rencontrer une patiente qui m’a beaucoup frappé.

C’était une femme âgée d’une quarantaine d’années, atteinte de sclérose en plaques. Ce jour-là, c’était sa dernière visite au centre de réhabilitation; lors des derniers mois, sa condition avait cessé de s’améliorer Read More

Protecting the Vulnerable

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

As a Hippocratic physician, I have pledged to support life from conception to natural death and, therefore, oppose any attempt to legalize euthanasia, such as Bill C-384.  As the ancient Greeks discovered, only such a stance can foster the trust of the vulnerable and protect them from those who might benefit from their misfortune.    A few years ago, an elderly patient of mine was admitted to hospital with a fluctuating level of consciousness Read More

Le suicide est déshumanisant

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

La semaine dernière, j’ai rencontré une patiente atteinte d’un cancer métastatique à l’urgence qui m’a confié qu’elle envisageait de se suicider en Suisse avec l’aide d’un médecin. Elle ne souffrait pas physiquement de son cancer (elle n’avait même pas besoin d’analgésie), mais sa souffrance morale était lourde. Elle m’a avoué qu’à son âge Read More

End-of-Life History – a TVO special

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Palliative Care Specialist Dr. Marissa Slaven was interviewed on the TVO program The Agenda and shares the history of palliative medicine in Canada. This field is less well understood by the general public than other areas of medicine and according to Slaven even among physician and medical students the area is not well understood.  Read More

Débat télévisé sur l’euthanasie du 18 mars 2010

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Plusieurs intervenants, entre autre le Dr. André Bourque, Chef de medecine familiale des hopitaux CHUM, Dr. Réjean Hébert, Doyen de la faculté de médecine de l’Université de Sherbrooke sont invités à présenter leur point de vue sur la question de l’euthansie. Les grandes lignes de la discussion ont inclu entre autre le “droit” de mourir, Read More

Hope, compassion, and care: reflections of a future physician

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Having witnessed for 13 years the debilitating effects of ALS, a non-curable neurodegenerative disorder, on the life of a late friend and mentor, I knew early in my medical training that medicine itself cannot cure all illnesses.  Read More

A message to my Canadian neighbors

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

By: Dr. Willam Toffler, MD

Since assisted suicide has become an option in my state of Oregon, I have had at least a dozen patients discuss this choice with me in my practice.  Most of the patients who have broached this issue weren’t even terminal. 

One of my first encounters with this kind of request came from a patient with a progressive form of multiple sclerosis.  He was in a wheelchair Read More