Third-year UC San Francisco medical student Brian Shaw remembers watching his dying mother suffer from cancer and wondering about the futility of her treatment.

Bay Area physician Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH, recalls, as a new doctor, preparing a 55-year-old woman dying from advanced cancer and septic shock for a routine but painful procedure to monitor her decline. A nurse appeared in the doorway, held her hand to her ear like a telephone, and loudly said, “911. Get me the police. They’re torturing a patient in the ICU at St. Joseph’s Hospital.” (…) Read Full Publication Here

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