Saturday, August 29, 2015

Predicting death

We have no reliable way of ascertaining when someone will die. Even with the best medical predictors—physician assessments and statistics—there is often a huge gap between perceived dying and the actual imminence of death.
Pauline W. Chen, Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality  (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007), ch. 7

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