How doctors die. It’s not like the rest of us, but it should be | Cancer World Archive

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End-of-life care is something that we don’t like to talk about, and it’s hurting us in many ways.

It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared to most Americans, but how little. For all the time they spend fending off the deaths of others, they tend to be fairly serene when faced with death themselves. They know exactly what is going to happen, they know the choices, and they generally have access to any sort of medical care they could want. But they go gently.

If this topic is even remotely interesting to you I strongly recommend reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Gawande dives deeply into this topic. It is an amazing read that encourages you to think very differently about quality of life at the end of ones life.

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