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A Piece of My Mind
February 27, 2018

Please, Doc, Take It All This Time

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
JAMA. 2018;319(8):769-770. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0499

In the hallway outside, a tray of cookies and a decanter of coffee stand sentry beside the doorway, a token gesture of comfort for visitors and a subtle indication to those in the know that the room’s itinerant occupant, Mr G, has chosen to pursue comfort measures over life-sustaining ones. A signal that we have nothing meaningful to offer him but our best efforts to ease his pain. So far, our best has not been good enough for Mr G.

“Please, doc, take it all this time.”