Dean Gianakos, MD
Gianakos D. Conversations with Stella. Ann Intern Med. 1999;130:698-699. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-130-8-199904200-00020
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;130(8):698-699.
Stella and I are good friends. She trusts me, I trust her. On the phone today, she tells me about her fever and cough (“emphysema is hell”). I tell her to call the rescue squad. She tells me not to put her on a respirator (“last November was hell”). Stella is smart and capable of making decisions for herself.
I wonder whether she really means “no” this time. One question or statement in a conversation can make all the difference. On the way to the emergency room, I imagine several different conversations.
Dr. G.: “Stella, you told me on the phone not to put you on a respirator.”
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