This is a cartoon depiction of the different ways I observed individuals react to the end of life. There's the compulsive physician who will only continue to "fight" for his patient's life, regardless of other factors. Then there's the patient who clings to the nebulous promise of modern science to find the cure for his terminal cancer, he is desperate, and asks every day if I've found the "miracle pill." Of course, there's the family of a terminal patient. Their loved one just wants to "Die in peace," but they won't hear of it. They beg, plead, and threaten the patient and the medical team in an attempt to delay the inevitable. And finally, there's the case where everyone can work together to help the terminal patient live out their remaining time comfortably, in a place they love, and with the people they love. Here are The Adventures in Palliative Care.
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