Institute of Classical Studies
A good death?
Prof. Andrew Cooper (Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust), Dr Mary Bradbury (British Psychoanalytical Society), Prof. Michael Trapp (KCL), Prof. Eleanor Robson (UCL), chaired by Paul Jenkins, OBE (CEO of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust)
A collaboration between the Institute of Classical Studies and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
How would we wish to die? Modern medicine has for long been focused on extending life and on postponing death as long as possible. But perhaps more attention should be focused on deciding how we wish to spend out last days, on the quality of life rather than its quantity, on accepting death rather than struggling (always in vain in the end) to prevent it. Ancient thinkers lived in very different demographic conditions and yet they too were preoccupied with the nature of the Good Death. Their ideas intersect as well as contrast with, those of specialists in end of life care. Four spears, two experts on ancient thought, two on modern practice, will compare views.
This event is a collaboration between the Institute of Classical Studies and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, a specialist mental health trust based in north London. Its aim is to open up a discussion between public health practitioners and classicists on this common ground. The four short presentations by experts will be followed by a debate on the floor.