Advance directive implants


Logan’s Run is a 1976 sci fi film which has not stood the test of time. “Terminally silly” and “aggressively tedious” are words used by some of its harsher critics. However, its central conceit is memorable: that a future civilisation where everyone lives underground limits the lives of its citizens. In the palm of the hand they all have a "life-clock" crystal which begins blinking as they approach the "Last Day.”

Two American bioethicists have proposed something similar for dementia patients: an advance directive implant. Read about it in our lead story below.  




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