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Crisp: Modern medicine still doesn’t provide the ‘good death’

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This is a familiar story: In July 2012, 65-year-old Barbara Wise suffered several disabling strokes that confined her to a hospital bed in Akron, Ohio, unable to move or speak.

Perhaps you remember the 15-year vegetative state that Terri Schiavo endured after cardiac arrest in 1990. Perhaps you saw the 1981 movie “Whose Life is it Anyway,” in which Richard Dreyfuss plays a sculptor who fights for the right to die after a car accident turns him into a quadriplegic.

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