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A Palliative Care Doctor Reflects On The Role Of Medicine In The 'Eleventh Hour'

Dr. Sunita Puri, author of the new book, "That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour," in an undated photo.
David Zaugh
Dr. Sunita Puri, author of the new book, "That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour," in an undated photo.
A Palliative Care Doctor Reflects On The Role Of Medicine In The 'Eleventh Hour'
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Book Event Details

When: Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

Where: Warwick's Bookstore

Cost: Free and open to the public

In the famous Dylan Thomas poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night", the poet urges his father to, “rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

In many ways, that's how the American medical establishment views the end of life. A vast amount of medical resources is spent in the final months and weeks of life and when the inevitable occurs, we often say the deceased “lost his battle” with a disease.

But a relatively new model for approaching chronic illness and death is emerging and it’s outlined in a new memoir by Dr. Sunita Puri, the medical director of palliative medicine at the Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center at the University of Southern California.

Puri's book is called, “That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour.” She joins Midday Edition Tuesday to talk about her journey into palliative care medicine and its role in the nation's health care system.

Puri will be discussing her book at Warwick's in La Jolla on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.