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Reflections Of Med Students Upon First Patient Deaths Prove Valuable To Experienced Clinicians

Medical students caring for the terminally ill must learn to be both sensitive and resilient to cope with workplace stress and provide comfort to patients and their families, said a bioethicist to a crowd this week at the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. “Being present to patients and families is a […]

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Teen Sues State To Avoid Forced Cancer Treatment: Medical Ethicists Review Decision

A 17-year-old girl is suing the State of Connecticut for forcing her to undergo unwanted cancer treatments that may cure her disease. Cassandra C., recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, resisted chemotherapy treatments because she “would not put poison into her body,” according to her mother, Jackie Fortin. After doctors with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford (CCMC) pushed Cassandra to […]

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Stopping Fluids At The End Of Life: A Dilemma Not Just For Kasem’s Family

This piece was first published in Reuters Health. LMM President Randi Belisomo is a contributor. In the family disputes that surrounded American radio icon Casey Kasem’s last weeks of life, his daughter’s decision to carry out Kasem’s wish– to suspend artificial feedings and fluids– was among the most contested. Kasem’s advance directive called for no […]

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