Willpower as Medicine

Willpower as Medicine

The doctor’s goal in end-of-life care should be to facilitate the patient’s end-of-life goals.

For too long, we’ve phrased the question as one with only two answers: fight a losing battle, or quit.

If neither choice is right, maybe we can ask the patient to name some alternatives better suited to her own situation.

We have failed to recognize that dying people have priorities that they could communicate to us, besides just living longer, if we would only ask them.

What are you willing to sacrifice to make the most of your last days is the essential question.

For one patient of our acquaintance that meant trading length of life for richness of final days. Failing to meet her request would have been shameful.

About davidbdale

Inventor of and sole practitioner of 299-word Very Short Novels. www.davidbdale.wordpress.com
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4 Responses to Willpower as Medicine

  1. aspiretoinspire1comp says:

    Though a pretty bad brew, we still managed to make beer out of bread.


  2. vermster71comp says:

    Dave, it’s uncategorized. That’s not good.


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