Rewriting the Final Chapter

As medicine advances, the choices associated with end-of-life care grow more complex — especially when patients or their families clash with doctors, the state, and occasionally each other, over when to treat and when to let go.

Coal Miners’ Doctor

Forty years ago, a freshly-minted M.D. learned about life and death -- and how to drink home-brewed beer and (almost) eat squirrel's brains -- while practicing medicine in the hills of eastern Kentucky.