At the Intersection of Quantity and Quality

Err on the Side of the Patient

  • November 7th, 2014

I was almost run over by a gurney being pushed by a fast-moving Emergency Medical Technician. He thrust the patient’s chart at me. “Doc, you’ll want to check this lady out quick. She’s not looking good.”

The first thing I noticed was the color of her skin. Its greyish green hue signaled death’s approach. She had a nasal trumpet stuffed […]

Choked by Love

  • October 18th, 2014

Her son was feeding her like she was a little baby. A hospital cafeteria-issued tuna fish sandwich sat atop a soggy swatch of cellophane on the palm of his left hand. In his right was a butter knife that he used to excise tiny chunks of the sandwich. As I entered the room, he proudly gestured to the remaining […]

At the Intersection of Quantity and Quality: End of Life Care

  • October 17th, 2014

Has the medical world forgotten how to help people die? New technologies have made it possible to prolong life, even at the cost of that life being one the patient wants to live.

Listen to my Oct 15th interview with Cheryl Jones on Good Grief.