June 25, 2014
David J. Rothman, Ph.D.
N Engl J Med 2014; 370:2457-2460June 26, 2014DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1404427
New York, NY - In the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. David Rothman explores the history of place of death in the United States in its shift from death in the home to the hospital, and a push to die with dignity at home in recent years. He comments on other major shifts in where Americans die, also exploring how war and contagious disease affect place of death. His commentary on the ICU and its handling of end-of-life care provides recommendations for navigating the tenuous balance between providing the best care and recognizing the needs of the dying.