ROBERT P. HUDSON, M.D., F.A.C.P.
During the past decade an unprecedented public and professional interest has developed around issues involving death and dying. Persons of differing backgrounds and with different objectives are rushing onto this scene in rapidly increasing numbers. Some of these persons have little understanding of the medical complexities of dying and no clinical experience with dying patients. In this essay I attempt to identify a number of ways in which well-intentioned persons engage dying patients or influence public opinion on death and dying, ways that might prove less than salutary for all concerned.
HUDSON RP. Death, Dying, and the Zealous Phase. Ann Intern Med. 1978;88:696–702. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-5-696
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(5):696-702.
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