Doctors fighting, fleeing, or facing up to death

  title={Doctors fighting, fleeing, or facing up to death},
  volume={317 7154},
It can be disturbing to consider medical practice as portrayed by the media. On the one hand, we hear of living wills, intended to forestall artificial prolongation of dying. On the other hand, incurable patients—and parents of incurably ill babies—are sometimes finding doctors who will hasten death. If these extremes are there how do they arise? My reflections about this were fuelled when three of my good friends died within a two week period. In their dying, they showed some of the… CONTINUE READING