Please take a few moments to read Dr. Atul Gawande’s article in the August 2nd issue of The New Yorker. We are providing a link here:
Gawande (born on November 5, 1965 in Brooklyn, NY) is a physician and journalist. He serves as a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and associate director of their Center for Surgery and Public Health. He is also an associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. He has written extensively on medicine and public health for The New Yorker and Slate, pieces which have been collected in his books Complications and Better.
The article above is entitled “Letting Go: What to do when medicine can’t save your life.” In the article, Dr. Gawande uses his skills as a writer and physician to share some of the complexity involved in providing care in situations where there may not be a lot of options. While you may or may not agree with his suggestions, he is honest in sharing his experience in a respectful way. It is a long article and should provide information for a personal or family conversation about an important aspect of our lives.