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Tell Me Not

Tzvi Shlitner, MD
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From The Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Clalit Health Services, Haifa and Western Galilee District, Haifa 35152, Israel.

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Requests for Single Reprints: Tzvi Shlitner, MD, Kfar Hayam 5605, Hadera 38100, Israel; e-mail, mailto:dr.shlitner@gmail.com.

Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(9):666-667. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-156-9-201205010-00014
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I was totally baffled by Dalia's request. Not to tell him? It's a home hospice we're talking about here, for God's sake, not to mention that it's my first time. He should have been informed, and certainly not by me. We've never met, but he obviously has dreams, so why not tell him? Why deny him all of the last things he could do?





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