When I entered the auditorium at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University one evening this past spring, I was amazed at the packed room. I sat on a folding chair along the back wall, one of the few remaining seats. As I looked around, I had the distinct feeling that everyone present cared very deeply about the subject matter about to be discussed.
Dr. Farr Curlin, who specializes in palliative care, presented arguments against physician-assisted suicide. Dr. Timothy Quill, a professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, made a case in favor of the practice.