Join us for this important event about the end of life and how we approach it with dignity and hope.
Many books look at end of life and how to die with dignity. In this beautifully written memoir, physician Jim deMaine presents stories—lessons learned from patients and caregivers who taught him about dying. His medical career began in the era when little could be done for what remain our two greatest killers—heart disease and cancer. There were iron lungs but no ventilators. ICUs and CCUs had not yet evolved. Possibly the most distressing was seeing his patients die without the benefit of hospice care. With amazing rapidity, medical science brought us life-saving advances such as hemodialysis and organ transplants.The progress of medical science is both marvelous and problematic. The advances continue to outpace our ability to thoughtfully and ethically bring new technologies to the bedside. When should they be used? How do we decide how to allocate these advances when resources are scarce or prohibitively expensive? Dr. deMaine’s stories are about hopes and fears, about the ethical dilemmas he encountered, about advance care planning, about physician aid in dying, about medical mistakes, and about modern hospice and palliative care. He shares stories that taught him hard, humbling lessons. He shares thoughts about the future and leaving a legacy to our loved ones.
Dr. Jim deMaine spent nearly 40 years caring for severely ill patients and witnessing their final days as a pulmonary and critical care specialist. He was the chief of medical specialties and co-chaired the ethics committee at Group Health Cooperative (now Kaiser Permanente). Dr. deMaine is honored to be a Clinical Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His often dramatic experiences with patients near death led him to blog (www.endoflifeblog.com), then speak about their stories, with special attention to the issue of advocacy for patients unable to speak for themselves.
Greg Shaw is the founding investor in Clyde Hill Publishing, and has deep roots in all aspects of publishing, including content development and promotion. He began his career as a journalist in Oklahoma, and has worked on numerous successful publishing efforts including co-author of Satya Nadella’s Hit Refresh and Kevin Scott’s Reprogramming the American Dream. He is author of The Ability Hacks and The Future Computed: AI and Manufacturing. He assisted with Bill Gates and Peter Rinearson’s The Road Ahead as well as both the film and book aspects of the documentary, Waiting for Superman. He was CEO and publisher of Seattle’s Crosscut news, an independent editorial site that publishes long-form journalism and e-books.