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WHY DO PEOPLE WANT TO LIVE SO LONG, ANYWAY?

MANDY OAKLANDER

DR. EZEKIEL EMANUEL IS FAMOUS for a lot of reasons. He’s an acclaimed bioethicist and oncologist who advised President Obama on health care and has two very well known brothers, but another thing people always seem to remember about him is that article he wrote in 2014: “Why I Hope to Die at 75.”

More than 1,000 people have sent him letters and emails—some saying he’s insane and ungrateful, others

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