Jason Karlawish is a physician and author. His novel Open Wound: The Tragic Obsession of Dr. William Beaumont, based on true events along the early 19th century American frontier, is the story of a physician's increasing obsession with achieving fame and fortune. Karlawish is a Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Loss of dignity in dementia falls on the public, not the patient
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 1:19pm
An elderly man suffering from dementia soils himself while shuffling down a nursing home hallway. A nurse finds him and leads him back to his room, cleaning up the mess left behind while a young boy visiting his grandmother watches in disgust. Across town, two parents bend over their infant child on the changing table and celebrate the...
Robin Williams' Last Act And The Stigma Of Loss
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 3:16pm
One year after the comedian Robin Williams’ suicide, his widow, Susan Williams, has declared that her husband’s suicide was not, as had been suspected, a devastating symptom of a depression. He was, she insists, “killed” by Lewy Body Dementia, a neurodegenerative disease.
Her remark suggests her husband’s suicide was the rational act of a person suffering from both progressive losses to his capacity and the concern of further losses. His act would add to a small...
Time To Clean The Wax Out Of The Hearing Aid Industry
Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 11:29am
A message of hope is being broadcast loud and clear to the 30 million aging Americans with hearing loss. The Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission can nudge the overly consolidated and stagnant hearing aid industry into 21st century innovation, and if they do this, options for quality hearing aids will increase and prices will drop. Older adults will no longer have to spend their time and money on expensive hearing aids they really don’t...
Joining the Global Council on Brain Health
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 10:19am
In an effort to provide the public with “clear, trustworthy information on brain health,” AARP announced the creation of a new independent organization Tuesday.
William Stubing, former president of the Greenwall Foundation and a leader in advancing bioethics, dies
Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 3:52pm
Bill -- no one called him William -- was not only a great colleague but a dear friend. I shall miss him. Here is his obituary.
William C. Stubing, former President of The Greenwall Foundation and beloved friend, died on October 4, 2015. He was a deeply religious and generous person whose intellectual and artistic interests were as broad as the good works and impact that his life made on...
Whealthcare. Why bankers, financial analysts and doctors need to start working together
Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 10:36am
Over the last few months, as I’ve been musing about the aging brain and how problems with financial capacity are among the most common and earliest signs of more than trivial age-related declines as well as common diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and this idea came to me. In a word, it was “whealthcare.” Whealthcare is not simply a play on words. With aging, our health and wealth face multiple risks. The more we integrate our health and wealth care, the better we can...
Me talk doctor talk one day.
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 9:16am
In the July 2015 Medical Ethics Advisor, I’m quoted in an article “Do physician assume they know older patients’ wishes? Negative stereotypes may lead to unwanted or inadequate care.” I spoke up on one issue that has long nagged me. Baby talk. Here’s what I said….
Some providers automatically switch to “baby talk” when communicating with older adults, says J...
Talking about OPEN WOUND with Radio KUCI
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 1:57pm
On April 28th, I'll be talking with Claudia Shambaugh about my novel OPEN WOUND: THE TRAGIC OBSESSION OF DR. WILLIAM BEAUMONT. Claudia's show Ask a Leader, is a lively hour long discussion of books, culture, science and the arts.
Listen to a live stream of the interview on Radio KUCI 88.9 FM in Irvine, at kuci.org at noon-12:45pm EST, 9-9:45 PDT.
A podcast will be uploaded by the following weekend, on...
“Should we still read Still Alice?”
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 9:32am