Matthew O'Reilly: Is Honesty The Best Policy When Someone Is Dying? As an emergency medical technician, Matthew O'Reilly was used to telling a white lie when patients asked if they were dying. O'Reilly describes what happened when he decided to tell the truth.
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Is Honesty The Best Policy When Someone Is Dying?

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Is Honesty The Best Policy When Someone Is Dying?

Is Honesty The Best Policy When Someone Is Dying?

Is Honesty The Best Policy When Someone Is Dying?

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Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Rethinking Death

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About Matthew O'Reilly's TED Talk

As an emergency medical technician, Matthew O'Reilly was used to telling a white lie when patients asked if they were dying. O'Reilly describes what happened on one emergency call, when he decided to tell the truth.

About Matthew O'Reilly

Matthew O'Reilly is a veteran emergency medical technician on Long Island, N.Y.