Ordinary Medicine, Extraordinary Treatment

KaufmanSharon5-SWhere do you draw the line at too much treatment? Many of us think we don’t want heroic measures to drag out our deaths. But everything from the way we fund medical research to the way most doctors practice medicine pushes us in the opposite direction. We’ll spend the hour probing the intersection of industry, bureaucracy, culture, and health — and how to change it for the better.


  • Sharon Kaufman, chair of the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; author of Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the Line
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