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July 24, 1967

How Can a Physician Prepare His Patient for Death?

JAMA. 1967;201(4):280. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130040076043

Preparation of a patient for death varies with the age, sex, marital status, occupation, country of origin, and religious background.

Children.—  In Dr. Harvey Cushing's "The Life of Sir William Osier" we find a beautiful picture of the great physician at the bedside of a little girl whose mother wrote:1He visited our little Janet twice every day from the middle of October until her death a month later, and these visits she looked forward to with a pathetic eagerness and joy. There would be a little tap, low down on the door which would be pushed open, and a crouching figure playing goblin would come in, and in a high pitched voice would ask if the fairy godmother was at home and could he have a bit of tea. Instantly the sick-room was turned into a fairyland, and in fairy language he would talk about the flowers, the.