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Doing Everything

David S. Pisetsky, MD, PhD
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Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Durham, NC 27707 Requests for Reprints: David S. Pisetsky, MD, PhD, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Box 151G, Room E-1008, 508 Fulton Street, Durham, NC 27705.

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Ann Intern Med. 1998;128(10):869-870. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-128-10-199805150-00013
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I never knew what death was like until I watched my father die. He had Lou Gehrig's disease. I learned about the meanness of this condition only as I saw what it did to him. Until he developed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 84 years of age, my father worked full time as a physician and was a robust man with a large belly and an exuberant smile. After he got sick, he became immobile, despondent, and dependent on others. He had difficulty swallowing and, terrified of choking, restricted his diet to soft foods. He lost 100 pounds.





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