Physician Medical Blog

Kate Scannell, MD

Medical Writer

Selected Works

Fiction -- Interconnected Short Stories
Torrential rains pour into Thalburg Canyon, California. Flooding ensues, and a universal human drama unfolds as the interconnected stories of the canyon residents are acted out on center stage.
Nonfiction, Physician Memoir
The author begins her medical career as a young physician caring for people who are dying with AIDS during the 1980s.
Book Reviews -- Examples
Journalist Rebecca Skloot’s new book is a gripping read that embodies all abstractions about research ethics in a compelling tale about Henrietta Lacks – a woman whose microscopic cancerous cells shook the world’s medical establishment in 1951.
Newspaper and Online Opinion and Medical Columns
Since 2000 -- Syndicated medical opinion columns about the sociopolitical and ethical dimensions of American health care.
Medical Essays
Documentary, executive producer
DVD -- Journey by Heart -- an engaging and intimate view of Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay.

Recent Newspaper & Online Columns by Kate Scannell MD

Waiting on Armageddon and dying to escape death

March 18, 2012

Tags: armageddon, advance directives health care, advance care planning, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

By Dr. Kate Scannell, Syndicated columnist; First Published in Print: 03/15/2012

If you've been feeling somewhat anxious about our wobbly world, imagining hoof beats from the four horses of the Apocalypse every time a squirrel scampers across your roof -- you might derive some comfort in news events of the prior week.

For example, if you're reading this column on its publication date -- Sunday, March 18th -- you can rest assured that, despite what many doomsayers had predicted, the end of the world did not occur March 16th when the Large Hadron Collider CMS detector was switched on "somewhere" near the French-Swiss border.

You also might let out a sigh of relief that fiery solar storms did not incinerate the Earth to a crispy nubbin last week -- contrary to several grim prophesies.

Finally, solace may come from knowing that preacher Harold Camping announced last week that he would cease making predictions about the world's end. After spending millions of dollars informing and preparing followers for the Rapture on two separate but failed occasions in 2011, he humbly conceded that he'd been wrong to even try. He furthermore declared that "we have no new evidence pointing to another date for the end of the world."

Yes, last week was a white-knuckled, roller-coaster ride for Apocalypse spotters. (more…)

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