Physician, historian, and ethicist Robert Martensen discusses his book, A Life Worth Living: A Doctor’s Reflections on Illness in a High-Tech Era, on Thursday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Martensen is Director of the Office of History and Museum at the National Institutes of Health. A Life Worth Living is described as a book that “looks straight in the eye at uncomfortable truths, yet it does so in an intimate, almost caressing way.”
A Life Worth Living deals with critical illness and the decisions that must be made to deal with these afflictions. Martensen draws on decades of experience with patients and friends to explore the life cycle of serious illness, from diagnosis to end of life. Additionally, he connects personal stories with reflections upon morality, human agency, and the value of “cutting-edge” technology in caring for the ill.
The event is co-sponsored by the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the Center for Practical Bioethics. Rainy Day Books will be on hand to sell copies of Martensen’s book. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online.