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“I told them no ventilator. Your thoughts?”

As a palliative medicine physician for almost 30 years, Dr Steven Radwany has discussed such questions with thousands of patients and their families. This however was a text from his own brother.

When even tragic realities are faced with honesty, clarity, kindness, and compassion, present and future pain can be at least in part alleviated. Dr Steven Radwany tells how his brother’s death was eased by his physician’s firm and clear guidance to the family.

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Credit: JAMA Network