The Institute of Medicine’s Rosenthal Lecture this past December addressed pop culture images of death with an eye toward understanding how “attitudes towards the end of life inform and shape our cultural repertoire” and helping “overcome the emotional obstacles that inhibit us” from dealing properly with the end of life, said IOM president Dr. Harvey Fineberg. The panelists were Dr. Kathleen Foley, a neurologist and palliative care specialist; Jay Clayton, ...

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