À la carte medicine

Prasad, Vinay
December 2010
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;12/14/2010, Vol. 182 Issue 18, p2011
Academic Journal
An essay is presented on medical care. It explores the issues on choosing among life-sustaining measures, which is the utmost example of how people have been hassled with the contradiction of choice. The author relates his experience as a physician, wherein he had a conversation with the daughter and son of his patient.


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