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Dax's Story [videorecording]: A Severely Burned Man's Thirty-Year Odyssey

[presented by] the University of Virginia Medical School
Video; DVD
Dax Cowart, J.D. (Lawyer, Corpus Christi, Texas) spoke on his experience of having been severely burned at the age of 26 and being refused to die. Cowart described his experiences of intense pain from his injuries and various treatment regimens. James F. Childress, Ph. D. (John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics and Professor of Religious Studies and Medical Education, University of Virginia) commented on the moral/ethical implications of this case and in particular asked Dax questions concerning when Dax felt he knew in his "right" mind that he wanted to die, were any of Dax's earlier choices based on control, and why did he change his name from Donald to Dax? David B. Drake, M.D. (Associate Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery, and Director, DeCamp Burn and Wound Healing Center, University Hospital, University of Virginia) commented on the difficult position physicians are often placed when challenged with a patient's request and potential future legal ramifications.
Panelists: Dax Cowart, James F. Childress, David B. Drake; Moderator, Marcia Day Childress.
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60 min.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Explore a landmark case in American bioethics, especially the perspectives of the patient refusing treatment and the physicians who chose to treat him over his objections -- 2. Consider the ways Dax's "case" continues to challenge medicine's understanding of itself as a moral practice.
  • "Medicine & Society in Conversation."
Medical center hour
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Medical center hour ; 10/2/02
Charlottesville, Va. : The University, [Media Production Services, Clinical Engineering, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center ], c2002.
1 videodisc (60 min.) sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + script.
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