How doctors really decide who lives and who dies | Matt McCarthy

July 14th, 2019

Big Think

Give yourself the gift of knowledge — subscribe to Big Think Edge: Should doctors allow their expertise to trump patient's personal goals — or should they yield to it? - Our health care system right now prizes efficiency, rather than embedding an ethics committee throughout a patient's treatment. - The challenge of being a medical ethicist is bringing "airy" concepts into clinical practice. - Sometimes the solutions to ethical issues become established via legal precedent. Matt McCarthy, MD, graduated from Harvard Medical School and went on to complete his internal medicine residency at Columbia University Medical Center. He is the author of two national bestsellers, "The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly" and "Odd Man Out." His newest book, "Superbugs," is on-sale now. ( McCarthy is also an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell and a staff physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. If you're interested in licensing this or any other Big Think clip for commercial or private use, contact our licensing partner Executive Interviews: Read more at Follow Big Think here: YouTube: Facebook: Twitter: