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Letters Sepsis—what’s behind the “hype”?

Treating sepsis in dying patients is futile

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 02 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6706
  1. Santhanam Sundar, consultant oncologist
  1. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK
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One of the enduring mysteries of the human psyche is the belief that death is preventable rather than inevitable. Survival is the default expectation, contrary to the transient nature of life all around, even in those people whose professional life deals with death on a …

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