doctors, dying and death

in partnership with good life, good death, good grief

24 Aug | 19:30 - 21:00 | £5                  

Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL


In 1854 Edinburgh medical student Hugh Noble wrote a thesis on the care of the dying. He called it 'euthanasia', meaning an easeful death and was keen to distinguish that from the deliberate shortening of life. Doctors took advantage of new pain relieving drugs and created elaborate concoctions to alleviate the distress of the dying. They looked to the importance of nursing care, as well as religious and moral support.

In this talk sociologist and writer Professor David Clark can be found in conversation with Mark Hazelwood, Chief Executive of the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care. They will discuss David’s new book on the history of palliative medicine – To Comfort Always (Oxford University Press 2016). Come along for an insightful and at times wry look at one of the great challenges facing medicine today.