Our production of Cold Sweat begins during the Vietnam War, which, for American forces, was unlike any other experienced up until that time. PBS takes a look at the number of American casualties since the Civil War.
Nearly 500,000 military personnel died during the U.S. Civil War. That’s almost half of all Americans who have ever died during wartime, and more than a hundred times more than died during the American Revolution. This Memorial day, we decided to take a close look at the number of American servicemembers who lost their lives during wartime in an effort to put their sacrifices into a broader perspective.
In our production of Cold Sweat, surgeon Alice Franklin addresses end of life issues, including physician assisted suicide.. Cold Sweat opens June 12th at Atwater Village Theater. Purchase your tickets here!
“He (Stanford medical ethicist David Magnus) and others say this kind of situation is a symptom of a much bigger problem: Doctors are just plain bad at communicating about death.”
“Across the board with end-of-life care clinical interactions, they’re full of misunderstandings,” he says. See NPR story here.
Hope Arnold and her husband J.D. Falk faced J.D.’s terminal stomach cancer for ten months before finding a doctor willing to use straight talk with them.
“Cold Sweat” is a challenging, wry, and topical play that explores issues of grief, mortality, and the end-of-life in a fresh and engaging manner as it pitches our modern scientific skepticism against its eternal nemesis — faith.
Inspired in part by the life of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, “Cold Sweat” finds humor in the unlikeliest places – a battlefield surgical unit, a hospital morgue, a freshly dug grave.
Written by Obie-Award winning playwright, Neal Bell, this production is the Los Angeles premiere of “Cold Sweat.”
The report found that just 45 percent of Medicare patients who’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s said they were informed of the diagnosis by their doctor. By contrast, more than 90 percent of Medicare patients with cancer said they were told by their doctor.
“What we found is really shocking,” says Beth Kallmyer, vice president of constituent services for the Alzheimer’s Association. “This is reminiscent of what happened in the 1960s and 1970s with cancer,” she says. “But that’s changed now, and it really needs to change for Alzheimer’s as well.”
Everything old is new again.
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