Should We Stop Trying to Cure Cancer?

January 8, 2015 5:17 PM

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1.) After comparing four types of deaths, Smith assumes that dying of cancer is the best. He argues that, "You can say goodbye, reflect on your life, leave last messages, perhaps visit special places for a last time, listen to favourite pieces of music, read loved poems." This completely Disney-fied view of cancer death sure would rock, at least relative to other things he mentions like sudden death, organ failure, or dementia. Except that cancer doesn't play by the rules, and this sort of language completely discounts weeks, months, and even years of continuous physical and psychological suffering that survivors are forced to endure before the end.

2.) Smith argues that it's better for your loved ones if you die of cancer. They'll be much happier than if you'd been randomly hit by a bus or suffered a heart attack all by your lonesome. Because, he claims, you get to reconnect and revisit and do lots of other things that start with "re." And wou...

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