James D. Brody, MD
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Brody J.; Hope for the Best, and Prepare for the Worst. Ann Intern Med. 2003;139:791-792. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-139-9-200311040-00021
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2003;139(9):791-792.
TO THE EDITOR:
I am grateful to the authors of “Hope for the Best, and Prepare for the Worst” (1). Strategies to enhance communication are crucial to strengthening the patient–physician relationship and improving outcomes. As a patient with a recent diagnosis of advanced lung cancer, I've experienced perspectives on dying that never occurred to me in nearly 20 years of practice.
Making a will and the other suggestions made by the authors are sensible goals. What more is there in preparing for the worst? Tonight I think about the worst, and I pray for the strength to face it. I pray for acceptance; then I pray for a “win.” Tomorrow I want my doctor to help me in every practical way there is. My fear is death. My wish is to live. Exploring life closure means little. The patient–physician relationship deepens with time and work, even if that relationship does not include preparing for the worst.
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