Every doctor knows this to be true. I can?t tell you how many discussions I?ve had with families who wanted everything to be done for their profoundly demented, vegetative loved one with terminal cancer.
Some of the lowest moments of my career have come from performing heroic measures on patients without any quality of life. In these situations, it seems cruel to thwart a merciful death. How can I feel good about prolonging someone else?s suffering? [Read more…]