Unlike his lucky “patients,” Jack-“Dr. Death”-Kevorkian died of natural causes, wholly unassisted by physicians. He had much in common with the doctors of Weimar, Germany, who perfected the sick idea of “Healing by Killing.”
Kevorkian, whose favorite motto was, “Ready or not, here I come,” shared with those German doctors the same philosophical mindset that paved the way for Hitler.
Kevorkian’s hatred of the Catholic Church, and his irrational attacks on the pope, was actually a backhanded compliment to the Church’s embrace of the dignity that inheres in every human being.
We are happy he did not suffer in his final hours. But we note with great irony that the nurses at the hospital played recordings by Bach as he died. What we have not learned is whether they treated him to Bach’s “Mass in B minor.”