Speaking for the Dying with Susan P. Shapiro

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Schuler Books & Music
1982 Grand River Ave
Okemos, MI 48864

Seven in ten Americans over the age of sixty who require medical decisions in the final days of their life lack the capacity to make them. For many of us, our biggest, life-and-death decisions—literally—will therefore be made by someone else. Susan P. Shapiro is joining us to share her book, Speaking for the Dying. She is a research professor and sociologist at the American Bar Foundation. In addition to speaking about the book, she will also share copies of advance directive forms.


Speaking for the Dying tells the story of how loved ones make life-and-death decisions in intensive care, drawing on daily observations over more than two years in two intensive care units in a diverse urban hospital. Research has consistently found that choosing life or death for another is one of the most difficult decisions anyone can face, sometimes haunting families for decades. This book shines a bright light on a role few of us will escape and offers steps that patients and loved ones, health care providers, lawyers, and policymakers could undertake before it is too late.


Susan P. Shapiro is a sociologist and research professor at the American Bar Foundation. Her publications examine the role of law at life’s end, ethics, agency theory, conflict of interest, the professions, securities fraud and regulation, and white-collar crime. In addition to many articles, she is the author of Tangled Loyalties: Conflict of Interest in Legal Practice and Wayward Capitalists: Target of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Speaking for the Dying: Life-and-Death Decisions in Intensive Care (Chicago Series in Law and Society) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226615745
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Published: University of Chicago Press - June 12th, 2019