“I think it was the stories that did it,” she writes in her memoir, Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life, “the ones that celebrated the diagnostic acumen of quick thinkers, the extensive knowledge gleaned from the study of medical texts, and the confidence my forebears inspired in those around them. And the heroism of it all.”

But reality sets in as Zitter trains to become a doctor. With candor, the would-be heroine chronicles her missteps as she comes to realize lifesaving measures that are the tools of her trade can prolong suffering in many cases. “A growing number of people, especially with so many baby boomers aging, are having experiences with death, and frankly, a lot of them are having experiences with bad death,” she says. “If you go through an experience like this with a family member, it’s a defining moment in your life that can be traumatizing.”(…) Read Full Publication Here

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