On Death, Dying, Doctors and Denial

No matter how good a doctor is, all of his or her patients will die---someday. Even the doctor, too, is a mere mortal. But medicine has had a very hard time reckoning with this basic fact of life. According to Leslie Blackhall, MD, a geriatric and palliative care specialist, medicine's denial of death is a major contributor to health care costs.

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