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Death Foretold: Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 17 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:437
  1. Joanne Lynn, director
  1. RAND Center to Improve Care of the Dying, Arlington, USA

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    Nicholas A Christakis

    University of Chicago Press, £19, pp 296

    ISBN 0 226 10470 2

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    When I visit a teaching hospital and review a seriously ill patient's case with trainees, I often ask something like, “What do you imagine this lady's life will be like in a few months?” Until recently, I was regularly met with an answer like, “I'm glad that's not my job.” As a …

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