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Barney's version: Observations from the edge

  • HARVEY M. CHOCHINOV

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My good friend and colleague Barney Sneiderman died yesterday. A few months ago he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; the day before yesterday, after failed trials of chemotherapy and staying at home—with community palliative care supports—as long as possible, he determined it was time to enter one of our city's inpatient palliative care units. Less than a day later, he was gone. Some readers of Palliative & Supportive Care may actually be familiar with Barney, through his various published works. As a professor of law at the University of Manitoba, he was known for his expertise in health issues and the law and biomedical ethics. He was a frequent speaker to medical professionals on medico-legal subjects, and had a cross-appointment with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Besides his many publications, the book he coauthored, Canadian Medical Law: An Introduction for Physicians, Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals, third edition, is considered an authoritative work on legal issues relating to patient care and treatment and addresses the most frequent and pressing concerns facing health care professionals and the lawyers who advise them.

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Chochinov, H.M. (2004). Dignity and the eye of the beholder. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 22, 13361340.
Chochinov, H.M. & Sneiderman, B. (2005). Dying with dignity: A doctor's and lawyer's perspective. Canadian Healthcare Manager, 12, 2325. Available at: http://www.chmonline.ca/issuearchive/Dec2005/dignity.pdf.

Barney's version: Observations from the edge

  • HARVEY M. CHOCHINOV

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