‘My Body is Unserviceable and Well Past Its Sell-By Date’: The Last Days of Avril Henry

“In his bestselling 1994 book How We Die, Dr Sherwin Nuland observed that, by the logic of hospital administrators and the US Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, “it is illegal to die of old age”. Instead, “everybody is required to die of a named entity”: cancer or heart attack, stroke or traumatic injury. Plain old age – the natural wearing down of systems, the exhaustion of finite cellular life spans, the loss of internal equilibrium – did not count as a cause of death and was never a checkbox option on official paperwork.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 9, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,580 words)
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