Doctors' Secret for How to Die Right
Why do physicians make different end-of-life choices than the rest of us?
By Melinda Welsh
Sacramento News & Review
Oct. 14, 2013
|Local physician Michael Gunther|
Maher said the doctors he hangs out
with at the hospital who have been
vocal about interventions near
the end of life have said, “No
way are they doing that to me.”
What did he reveal that was so groundbreaking?
He claimed that a vast majority of physicians make dramatically different end-of-life choices than the rest of us. Put simply, most doctors choose comfort and calm instead of aggressive interventions or treatments, he said. Another way to look at it is that doctors routinely order procedures for patients near the end of life that they would not choose for themselves.
What do doctors know that the rest of us don’t?
According to Murray, physicians have seen the limitations of modern medicine up close and know that attempts to prolong a life can often lead to a protracted, heartbreaking death.
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