Rage Against the ‘Bioethicists’ and the Dying of the Light

I keep thinking of Dylan Thomas: “Do not go gentle into that good night. / Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” What has drawn this verse up from childhood memory is the debate, once limited to the rarefied precincts of bioethical conferences and worst-case-scenario policy papers, about the rationing and imposed do-not-resuscitate orders at hospitals overwhelmed by coronavirus patients.

As a rational member of society, I understand why such a morally fraught issue has become a subject of everyday discussion. Doctors…

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