House of Death

Below is an excerpt from an article written by NPA member Dr. Anna Reisman.  It was originally published in the New York Times on June 1, 2013.  Link to the full article here.

Death and dying had been my trade for the last four years, but that morning, I didn’t want to deal with it. One of my long-term patients, a man in his mid-90s, had become suddenly and seriously ill a few days earlier. His family knew he didn’t want aggressive treatment, and so they had moved him to an inpatient hospice in a nearby beach town.
The next day I happened to be in the area, where I had just finished a house call. I sat in my car and considered a quick detour to the hospice, only a few miles away. But I couldn’t make up my mind. I turned on the radio and listened to the news headlines, anything to delay my decision…

Read the full article here.