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This Hospital Life: Doc deaths reflect need for big change

As go physicians with fruitless end-of-life care, so go we all


​The main idea of California family medicine physician Ken Murray’s November 2011 essay, “How Doctors Die” is simple: “Of course, doctors don’t want to die; they want to live. But they know enough about modern medicine to know its limits,” Murray wrote.
 
Docs recognize when enough is enough, so they choose to die at home rather than pursuing painful, draining, pricey, fruitless treatments in hospitals. Murray tells poignant stories – he leads with a vignette about a physician friend who, upon learning of his pancreatic cancer, never set foot in a hospital again, living his life until cancer robbed him of it.