If you haven’t read the book, which I also highly recommend, you can take a little time to hear Dr. Atul Gawande’s thoughts on this Frontline piece that aired on PBS last night.
Here’s a quote from his introduction to the segment:
“There is an implicit promise to patients that I am going to be able to fix this….among the most uncomfortable situations for physicians is the difficulty of grappling with those cases when we can’t solve the problem. The two biggest un-fixables are aging and dying. You can’t fix those”