Author Talks: Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: Amy Gutmann and Jonathan D. Moreno with David Remnick

Date and Time
September 12, 2019
Event Details

Americans want the best that medical science has to offer; two eminent scholars debate the merits of that proposition—and the limits.

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to DieOver the last 60 years an unprecedented revolution in healthcare has helped millions of Americans benefit from advancements in areas such as gene editing, reproductive technology, and organ transplants—but what about the legal and ethical challenges posed by continuing evolutions within medical science? And why in this country today do we pay far more for health care while having among the lowest life expectancies and highest infant mortality of any affluent nation?

Amy Gutmann, the president of the University of Pennsylvania, and Jonathan D. Moreno, a renowned professor of medical ethics and health policy, both served on President Obama’s bioethics commission. Their new book, Everybody Wants to Go To Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die blends history and public policy to examine some of the most fundamental challenges faced in the American healthcare system. They speak with The New Yorker’s David Remnick about the American paradox of wanting to have it all without paying the price.


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