#34: Lancet Commission Report on the Value of Death

In this episode, we are joined once again by Professor Seamus O’Mahony. Seamus is a doctor and a prize-winning author. He worked for many years in the NHS, returning to his native city of Cork in 2001, where he was a gastroenterologist and clinical professor until February 2020.

His first book The Way We Die Now won the British Medical Association’s council chair’s choice award in 2017. Purchase the book here.

His second book Can Medicine be Cured?  was published in 2019, purchase the book here, and his latest book The Ministry of Bodies was published by Head of Zeus in March 2021, purchase the book here.

He is a regular contributor to the Dublin Review of Books and the Medical Independent. He has written also for The Observer, the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, and the Saturday Evening Post. He is a member of the Lancet commission on “The Value of Death” and is visiting professor at the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College London.

In this episode, we discuss his involvement in this Lancet report. The Lancet is the top medical journal in the world with an impact factor of 79. The published Report of Lancet Commission on the Value of Death: bringing death back into life. You can read the entire report here (50 pages) for free. There is a short summary video from the Lancet (<7 mins) here.

Key points we discuss and useful links: