Judith C. Ahronheim, MD
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Ahronheim J.; Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Facing an Uncertain Future Together. Ann Intern Med. 2001;135:636. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-135-8_Part_1-200110160-00022
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2001;135(8_Part_1):636.
Quill TE. 248 pages. New York: Oxford Univ Pr; 2001. $24.95. ISBN 0195139402. Order phone 800-451-7556.
Field of medicine: Palliative and end-of-life care.
Format: Softcover book.
Audience: Physicians, other health professionals, and students.
Purpose: To explore, understand, and teach what can be done for patients at the end of life and what the physician might experience during this process.
Content: Each of 13 chapters addresses a specific aspect of end-of-life care. Three major sections cover “underlying values and assumptions” about the physician–patient relationship. “The Medical Interview” explores the right and wrong ways of discussing difficult issues with patients, and “Difficult Clinical and Ethical Issues” covers assisted suicide and other “last-resort” measures, such as terminal sedation and voluntary stopping eating and drinking. Chapters include references and tables. In the epilogue, the author presents a personal perspective about his younger brother's unexpected death.
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