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Dehumanization in Medicine

In this podcast, the Behavioral Science and Health Services Research Assembly Web Director, Dr. Ann Wu, interviews Dr. Samuel M. Brown, Associate Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Center for Humanizing Critical Care and has written a book, Valley of Shadows, that thinks about the failure of living wills and the need for better replacements, alongside a vigorous call for reform in the way we operate ICUs. In this podcast, Dr. Brown will discuss dehumanization in medicine and whether it is always bad, living wills, DNR orders, and clinical-centered versus patient-centered approaches to high-stakes medical care.

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Last Reviewed: June 2017