"The medical profession has a long history of vagueness when it comes to really bad news. Some 2,400 years ago, Hippocrates not only gave doctors an ethics oath, but advice about a blurry prognosis. Conceal "most things from the patient while you are attending to him," the Greek physician advised. "Give necessary orders with cheerfulness and serenity . . . revealing nothing of the patient's future or present condition. "For centuries afterwards, medicine continued Puma Fenty Creepers Pink
to protect patients from the harshness of impending death.
it is "a sacred duty . . . to avoid all things which have a tendency to discourage the patient and to depress his spirits. ""Paternalistic" is how Gregg K. Vandekieft of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine summarized the no bad news approach last year in the journal "American Family Physician. "Things changed in the 1970s. Mirroring the civil rights and consumer movements, the patient autonomy movement was an attempt to give patients rights, including the right to know the truth.
A 1982 review of studies, Vandekieft said, revealed that 50 to 90 p.
Sorenson learned the truth about Lois's prognosis accidently, during a conversation with a nurse at the rehabilitation center where Lois had gone after a surgical incision wouldn't heal. The nurse sounded casual as she said "She's dying," tossing Sorenson the chart, the word terminal written on it. She likely thought the family already knew. Sorenson and her husband wanted a dignified death for Lois, in a place where she had been happy. They moved her back to Holy Cross Hospital (now Salt Lake Regional Medical Center), where the nurses sang big band tunes with her and put flowers in her hair every morning. Sorenson's own mother, Winnifred Hsu, died of cancer in December. Her doctors told Hsu and her family the truth as Hsu's condition worsened. Sorenson was grateful that the doctors weren't afraid Puma Rihanna Creepers Price of the word "dying.