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Euthanasia (Part II) #562760

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 14, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Amsterdam, Holland: Fred Briggs) Dying patient named Ed Teague featured; cost of keeping him alive featured, scenes shown. [Daughter Bernadette TEAGUE - comments on situation.] Med. knowledge noted filled with expensive means to prolong life. [Med. ethicist Dan. CALLAHAN - says death inevitable.] Medicare budget projections illustration [Ex-Colorado Governor Richard LAMM - comments on machines prolonging life.] [Joseph Cardinal BERNARDIN - comments on imbalance of medical funds in US.] Netherlands and other European countries noted approaching situation differently; details given, scenes shown. No. of Americans in permanent vegetative state compared to number in Holland. [Dr. C. David FINLEY - says heroic effort to save lives is rule in US.] Living wills discussed. [Elderly PEOPLE - comment on freedom to die.] [FINLEY - says patients have right to decide.]

Briggs, Fred;
Brokaw, Tom

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