Near Death — In the Moment of Decision

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Abstract

ON January 21, public television stations across the country will air Near Death, a documentary on decisions about life-sustaining treatment. This six-hour film, the latest work of Frederick Wiseman, is an immersion in the daily life of the medical intensive care unit at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. It performs a great service, revealing a reality many laypeople and doctors are sure to face. The film provides no overarching commentary, however, to put into perspective the practices it depicts. It falls to the viewer to deduce the strengths and weaknesses of those practices and to glean the lessons of Near Death.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-210
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume322
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 18 1990

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