"How doctors die"

This was shared by Claire Willocks on the Facebook page of THE EDGE OF DREAMING. It's an article by Ken Murray, a U.S. doctor, about how doctors, who are more familiar than most with the events and choices that precede hospital death, plan for their own deaths. Here's the opening paragraph...

Years ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. He had a surgeon explore the area, and the diagnosis was pancreatic cancer. This surgeon was one of the best in the country. He had even invented a new procedure for this exact cancer that could triple a patient’s five-year-survival odds—from 5 percent to 15 percent—albeit with a poor quality of life. Charlie was uninterested. He went home the next day, closed his practice, and never set foot in a hospital again. He focused on spending time with family and feeling as good as possible. Several months later, he died at home. He got no chemotherapy, radiation, or surgical treatment. Medicare didn’t spend much on him.

It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. 

The full article by Ken Murray can be found here.


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