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Perspective
Less Is More
July 2016

I Wish Someone Had Told Us the Risks and Benefits of Replacing My Father’s Defibrillator

Author Affiliations
  • 1Pamela Diaconis Mktg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(7):885. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.1926

My father, an aeronautical engineer and one of the designers of the reentry heat shields for the Apollo spacecraft, was extremely methodical. Even when doing projects around the house, he would measure and remeasure before making a final cut.

This logic also led to his being quite candid about other issues, so even before my parents became elderly and ill, we were a family who was not afraid to talk about death. Dad always told us that he wanted to die in his sleep.

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