New Yorker Article, Letting Go: What should medicine do when it cant save your life?

Happy new year everyone. For my end of the year blog post, I would like you to reflect on modern medicine and palliative care. Death and dying is a sore subject, and in the western world it seems, so many focus on a cure. When it comes to terminal illness, a cure can not be the main focus. A discussion about life needs to be had, with family loved ones and friends, including the patient. Not just giving  them options, medication, and a life line that can cause more suffering. Please, read the article hyperlinked below. Maybe it will open your eyes to what palliative care is, Hospice, and the reform that needs to be made within modern medicine and how terminally ill individuals are treated. Death is a part of life, and dying must be understood and accepted. Thank you, there is so much more to this article, but I will let you read it and decide on your own.

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“Modern medicine is good at staving off death with aggressive interventions – and bad at knowing when to focus, instead, on improving the days that terminally ill patients have left.”

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/02/letting-go-2

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