Culture of Death: The Age of Do Harm Medicine

December 2, 2020
Culture of Death: The Age of Do Harm Medicine

When his teenage son Christopher, brain-damaged in an autoaccident, developed a 105-degree fever following weeks ofunconsciousness, John Campbell asked the attending physician forhelp. The doctor refused. Why bother? The boy's life waseffectively over. Campbell refused to accept this verdict. Hedemanded treatment and threatened legal action. The doctor finallyrelented. With treatment, Christopher's temperature—which hadeventually reached 107.6 degrees—subsided almost immediately. Soonafterward the boy regained consciousness and was learning to walkagain.This story is one of many Wesley J. Smith recounts in hisaward-winning classic critique of the modern bioethics movement,Culture of Death. In this newly updated edition, Smithchronicles how the threats to the equality of human life haveaccelerated in recent years, from the proliferation of euthanasiaand the Brittany Maynard assisted suicide firestorm, to thepotential for “death panels" posed by Obamacare and the explosiveTerri Schiavo controversy.Culture of Death reveals how more and more doctors havewithdrawn from the Hippocratic Oath and how “bioethicists"influence policy by posing questions such as whether organs may beharvested from the terminally ill and disabled. This is apassionate yet coolly reasoned book about the current crisis inmedical ethics by an author who has made “the new thanatology" hisconsuming interest.