Essay: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

Two matters of the heart fill the news these weeks, both firsts and quickly related. In Utah, Dr. Barney Clark was fitted for an artificial heart, and in Texas, the heart of Charles Brooks Jr. was stopped by doses of sodium thiopental, pavulon and potassium chloride administered by the department of corrections. One can muse on the irony of medical inventiveness being used for two antipodal purposes, but irony is not the mood with which the public is left. For Clark one feels apprehension, appreciation and a passing sense of social advancement. For...

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