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How Doctors Want to Die

How Doctors Want to Die

Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she used to feel performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients. “I felt like I was beating up people at the end of their life,” she says. It looks nothing like what people see on TV. In real life, ribs often break and few survive the ordeal. Gorlitsky now teaches medicine at the University of Southern California and says these early clinical experiences have stayed with her. “I would be doing the CPR…

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Why we should talk more about death

Why we should talk more about death

In this week’s Scrubbing Up opinion column, Prof Mayur Lakhani chair of the Dying Matters Coalition, urges doctors to be more open and frank about preparing patients and their families for the end of life. Imagine a situation where most people with a common condition are undiagnosed and where opportunities are repeatedly missed to identify the problem and to offer good care. What is this condition? It’s dying. Each year, an estimated 92,000 people in England are believed to need…

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