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How This Young Woman’s Tragic Night Out Changed Our View of Death

February 20, 2017

(New York Post) – On April 14, 1975, 21-year-old Karen Ann Quinlan partied with friends at a New Jersey bar, mixing gin and tranquilizers along the way. By the end of the night, she collapsed and fell into a permanent coma, igniting a firestorm that changed the way Americans looked at death. Quinlan sparked the right-to-die movement and came “to define modern death, more so than any other person in history,” according to the new book “Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life” by Dr. Haider Warraich.

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