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    Alan B. Astrow

    • Is Medical Aid in Dying a Human Right?

      Posted on December 3, 2019

      The Kings County Medical Society in New York recently hosted a brunch with New York State legislators. One of the guests was Richard Gottfried, chair of the New York State Assembly Health Committee, who is cosponsoring A2694, a bill legalizing medical aid in dying (MAID). As a medical oncologist with 30 years’ experience treating seriously ill patients, I have concerns about it, and I expressed them to Gottfried.

    • Religion, Suffering, and the Physician’s Role

      Posted on May 11, 2019

      Should religion play a role in a doctor’s care of seriously ill patients? The author, a hematologist/oncologist who teaches Jewish medical ethics, writes: “A physician’s outlook may be shaped by religious standards without having to impose it on the patient.”

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