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Anxiety about death may be one of the fundamental drives in the choice of a medical career. The shift in emphasis from the single goal of preservation of life to the promotion of a fuller experience during one's lifespan has had a profound effect on American medicine. The adjustment to this new emphasis has been difficult for all physicians. In addition, the management of the dying has only been recently studied and openly discussed. For physicians who care for patients with cystic fibrosis, the adjustment to these new attitudes has been particularly difficult. These physicians sometimes deal for years with children who have socially and physically disabling symptoms. The triangle of patient-parent-physician is emotionally charged and broken only by death. Thus, it is very difficult for such a physician to deal with the death of his patient in a detached and analytical fashion. Psychosocial Aspects of Cystic Fibrosis is illustrative
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