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After reading Dr. Kevorkian's biography, watching the documentary "Kevorkian" as well as "You Don't Know Jack" and a potpourri of interviews, I am convinced that this man has an IQ of no less than 170. Seriously. While I don't agree with everything he says, I think he is one of the most brilliant minds of the past hundred years. He has raised consciousness in America in a very important way, making us question taboos. Questioning of taboos can certainly be applied to many situations, not just ones related to death. I think sometimes people feel uncomfortable with certain topics/behaviors and can't even articulate why. Sometimes he makes people uncomfortable, and we need to do that sometimes. How else can things change if we don't call people on their own ridiculousness?

Date of Posting: 16 May 2011
Posted By: Julie (InYourFaceNewYorker)
Brooklyn, NY
Few contemporary physicians have demonstrated the courage of conviction to a fundamental principle of Medicine- to relieve sufferring - as Dr. Jack Kevorkian. He was a pioneer in what could turn out to be the central issue in the maturation of both US Organized Medicine and the maturation of US Culture- namely addressing the right of all US citizens to have as pain free as a dignified a death as humane medicine could possibly offer. It is not hyperbole to state that Dr. Kevorkian was and is an heroic figure.
Date of Posting: 30 January 2011
Posted By: Dr. Richard Lippin
physician-activist, Southampton,Pa
When I worked as a medical social worker for hospice many years ago, a patient asked for my last name. I wore a name badge with only my first name listed. My patient, an elderly man diagnosed with lung cancer, insisted since the rest of the hospice team had written their names in the patient handbook. I told him my last name is Kevorkian. He immediately yelled out, "Kevorkian, like the doctor?" I nodded. He told me to leave his house. I wasn't sure what to think at the time until he yelled to me again asking me to come back. Apparently, upon hearing my name, he wanted to call all his friends and tell them that "Kevorkian" is working with me! He was a fan of Dr. Jack Kevorkian! My subsequent visits included discussions about Dr. Jack Kevorkian and the work he was doing to help the dying. In all my years in end-of-life care, I've met a few families who opposed Dr. Kevorkian's work for religious reasons. Doctors have also told me they disagreed with his work, while privately saying they've helped colleagues die through similar methods as Dr. Kevorkian. I am grateful to share my last name with such a compassionate, caring individual who happens to be a genius. Quite simply, Dr. Jack Kevorkian is my HERO!
Date of Posting: 18 January 2011
Posted By: Kriss Kevorkian, PhD
Thanatologist, Los Angeles, CA
You live a life that's not only admirable, but awe-inspiring. I support your cause, and wish you much continued success, in all your endeavors.
Date of Posting: 14 January 2011
Posted By: Marcel Duvoix
Monarch, Author, Political & Religious Leader., Royal Oak MI
The life which you have passionately and emphatically lived thus far is outstanding and vital to the balance and evolution of the human species. Thank you.
Date of Posting: 20 December 2010
Posted By: Richard Schooping

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