Vatican City, Nov 22, 2013 / 05:41 am
During a conference for health care workers, a Swiss doctor spoke of the world's increasing elderly population, noting the importance of upholding human dignity in the treatment of common diseases.
"With that view, the utilitarian view, we drive inevitably in that direction…but it's not a sustainable solution. The sustainable solution comes from a different anthropologic view," Dr. Christoph von Ritter told CNA during a Nov. 21 interview.
Doctor Ritter, an M.D. from Lausanne University in Switzerland and who holds a Ph.D. from the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, La., is present in Rome with numerous other professionals in the field for a Nov. 21 - Nov. 23 conference discussing proper methods of care for the aged.
Ritter, who is currently working as a doctor and professor at the University of Munich and teaching at a nearby hospital, gave a talk during the conference addressing the topic of finding a "sustainable concept for the care of elderly people with neurodegenerative disease."