When it comes to end-of-life care, perhaps we do need a bigger hammer

While sitting one evening with my terminally ill elderly mother, she again asked me to help her end her suffering.  This time it was, “Could you just go get the hammer and hit me in the head?” Her previous requests had included “Son, you are a doctor, can’t you do something to help me with this?”  And then, “They treat animals better than this.”

On previous occasions, I had to remind …

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