Breaking the silence: a doctor’s plea for clarity in end-of-life care

Six years ago, I met a man who was 93 years old. I sat down to listen to him, something we physicians don’t do as often as we should in the long-term care setting.

“I want you to treat me like I’m 73,” he said,

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“I don’t want to be denied treatment just because I am 93 years old. I want you to give me the same …

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