New law requires doctors to learn care of the dyingBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7321.1088/c (Published 10 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1088
- Fred Charatan
California's governor, Gray Davis, last month signed the first law in the United States requiring doctors to take courses in pain management and in care of people at the end of life. The measure was drafted by assembly woman Dion Aroner, a Berkeley Democrat.
The new law resulted from the case of William Bergman, an 85 year old man admitted in February 1998 to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, northern California. Mr Bergman was an inpatient for five days, with …