Doctors busy prolonging life have lost sight of end-of-life care
"I learned about a lot of things at med school. Mortality wasn't one of them." - Dr. Atul Gawande
As we busily live our lives, most of us give little thought to what we will want and need at the end of our life.
Determining those priorities is the theme of a recent book by Doctor Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and a professor at the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. The book is called, "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End."
"I hope to pass in peace. The reason to consider life and what's of value is to make sure you're not missing out. Seize the day. What's important to you? What do you care about? What matters? Pursue that. Forget the rest." - Brittany Maynard
Tomorrow we will continue the discussion on end of life care. Many of Canada's doctors also feel they must do all they can to prolong life. We'll hear from some advocates who think about the consequences of extending life at all costs.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.